Lewis Hamilton reacts to Mercedes’ ‘open letter to fans’

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Lewis Hamilton reacts to Mercedes’ open letter to fans in which the team indirectly responded to various rumours and asked fans if they’re “ready to join us for the fight back”.

Since Mercedes’ subpar performance at the Bahrain Grand Prix, numerous questionable reports have been published on certain F1 news websites and various tabloids, spreading rumours that there is dissent within the team.

Rumours ranged from sketchy “reports” that Lewis Hamilton was thinking about leaving the team, to talks of ’emergency meetings’ being held at Mercedes’ Brackley HQ.

The rumours were also being spread by fans on social media, and some of them even attacked the team for not being able to produce a competitive car for the second year in a row.

Amid all of this, Mercedes published an open letter to fans, addressing the speculation and calling for unity.

Ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was asked to give his thoughts on the letter.

To the fans? I didn’t read it, no,” the Briton said.

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“Usually when I step away I’m in contact with my engineers and focused on the important topics, I don’t really watch the news and see all those sorts of things.

“So I only heard about it today. So I don’t really have anything to say about it to be honest. I really don’t know.

“I don’t know what the reason for the letter was or what it said, I’ve not read it. But all that I know is what I’m seeing within the team and just how everyone’s focused. There’s real accountability.

“And I think we are more one as a team than ever before. No matter what is thrown at us, we all manage to stay together and just everybody is just putting in extra work trying to find out what the problem is, how to fix it.

“What are the short-term fixes and what’s the long-term fixes?” Hamilton concluded.

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