Lewis Hamilton says that his Monaco victory is a turning point and it was “boost” his mechanics, with the Brit admitting they “have been nervous all year”.
Hamilton’s revised crew looked under pressure after a series of mechanical issues which had hampered Hamilton over the opening five races, while his team-mate Nico Rosberg made trouble-free runs to top podium. The situation produces criticism to the team on social media and accuses Mercedes of favoritism.
The triple-time world champion now hopes his victory in Monaco helps energize the team as a whole while giving an extra boost to the confidence of the mechanics working on his side of the garage.
“Of course we have a long, long way to go and I think these past five races have just shown that anything is possible and more so than not on a negative way for me, so I’m conscious of moving forward. Hamilton said
“There are still issues and mistakes are being made, so we really need to pull together as a team because where we are right now, we’ve got more pressure than we’ve ever had before because of the other teams applying that pressure.
“You are starting to see small buckles here and there so I think what is really important is that we pull together because we are the greatest team, we just need to refine a few areas and I think today hopefully will be a boost at least for my mechanics who have been nervous all year.The Brit added
“It’s not easy coming from one side of the garage to the world champion’s car, it’s not easy. I would imagine that is the same when you are given Fernando as a driver or Sebastian, that’s just how it is. I need to turn up in the car and deliver and because of the issues that we’ve had they have probably felt like we’re not delivering but we have been delivering and I think today must be a great relief for them.
“I’m grateful to them for sticking through it and sticking with me and I think from now on, hopefully today will give them the confidence to know that I’m just as strong as I have always been and I will be for the rest of the year.”