Lewis Hamilton says Bono has been “hugely integral to my success”

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Lewis Hamilton says he is “incredibly grateful for Bono”, his race engineer, and adds “he’s probably one of the few people that can truly stand me”, “on the good and bad days”.

Lewis Hamilton has always been full of praise for his race engineer Peter Bonnington – Bono, who has been by his side since he joined Mercedes back in 2013.

Over the years, the viewing audience got very acquainted with Bono’s voice, as he is the person who communicates with Lewis over the team radio.

Lewis reveals how Bono’s famous “It’s Hammertime” phrase came to be.

“I think I came up with ‘Hammertime’,” Hamilton said.

“There was a point where he was like, ‘Now is the time to push,’ and I got frustrated with him because I was like: ‘Dude, I’m already pushing!’

“But I was like, ‘If you’re trying to signify now’s the time to go all out, use everything you have’, I said, ‘Just tell me it’s hammer time’. That was part of our growth.”


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Lewis also emphasized how much Bono’s support meant to him over the years.

“I’m incredibly grateful for Bono. I’ve had an amazing journey with him.

“I think we’ve got one of the longest, if not the longest driver-engineer partnership that there’s been. He’s been hugely integral to my success.

“We’ve supported each other on and off track, through good and bad times. I love working with him, he’s like a brother to me.

“He’s probably one of the few people that can truly stand me, I would say, like on the good and bad days, except for Roscoe [Lewis’ dog]!

“How calm he’s able to be throughout the race, and how he’s been able to guide and help navigate me through a race, I don’t think there’s many people who could do that,” the Briton concluded.

To find out more about Bono, and his relationship with Lewis, you can read our in-depth profile on him.

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