Lewis Hamilton talks about the role he plays in Mercedes’ success and calls himself “just one of the links in a very, very big chain”.
Mercedes’ Formula 1 run of success since returning to Formula 1 in 2010 is one of the greatest feats in F1 history, there’s no ifs or buts about it.
Since 2014 the team picked up every drivers’ and constructors’ title, which has never been done before. Sure, Ferrari also picked up six consecutive constructors’ titles during their years of dominance in the early-to-mid 2000s, but their star driver Michael Schumacher managed to secure five drivers’ titles, one less than Mercedes did with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton was asked about his team’s unprecedented run of success.
“I always speak about me being just one of the links in a very, very big chain, so I could never ever say it was all down to me,” said the Briton.
“There is a huge group of people who work so hard week in week out who I’m so grateful to. It’s a real privilege.
“That’s the best part of this job, apart from driving this rocket around the track. It’s seeing these amazing minds come together and creating things throughout the years. Innovation really is at its highest.”
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The six-time champion went on to explain what role he and team-mate Valtteri Bottas pay in the team’s success.
“From my perspective, there are things I know about that I’ve been heavily involved in from day one, changes that I’ve been able to help the team implement, and that’s often happened each year.
“Valtteri [Bottas] and I get to play the rudder role, almost helping steer that powerful group of innovators in a direction that helps us do what we do best.
“Being a team player, that’s what I’ve been trying to work hardest to deliver on, and then ultimately it’s the weekend, with all that pressure, with all the things we have going on, delivering performances on and off the track, above and beyond, regardless of whether or not we are ahead on performance or behind.
“I think if you look at the races we’ve had, if we’re behind the Red Bulls or the Ferraris, we’ve still won races, and that’s been done through great communication, I would say, and just the relentless pursuit of perfection, which Toto [Wolff] always talks about,” concluded Hamilton.