Lewis Hamilton reacts to Mike Elliott’s departure from Mercedes

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This week Mercedes has announced the departure of the team’s Chief Technical Officer Mike Elliott. Lewis Hamilton reacts to the news.

On Tuesday, Mercedes announced that the team’s Chief Technical Officer (and former Technical Director) Mike Elliott has chosen to depart the team after 11 years.

Earlier this year Elliott and former CTO James Allison switched places within the team, with Allison once again taking the Technical Director spot.

Ahead of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was asked to comment on Elliott’s departure.

“I met Mike when I was at McLaren and we worked together a long time,” the Briton said.

“I’ve always had such a great relationship with Mike and really admire him. He’s such a bright guy.

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“We’ve had such great conversations, I’ve learnt so much from him about aerodynamics for example.

“He’s been an integral part of my team. His contract was coming to an end and he’s taken the decision to move on.

“You have to try not to look at it negatively, you have to want to wish the best for people.

“I hope that we will continue to have the relationship that we always have. You can’t throw away all those great years together.

“I’m massively appreciative to him because he’s been a part of the success that we’ve had over these years,” Hamilton concluded.

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