Mercedes responds to complaints about Hamilton’s podium celebration

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Mercedes Technical Director James Allison answers fan complaints about a supposed lack of Mercedes team presence during Lewis Hamilton‘s Singapore Grand Prix post-race celebration.

After the Singapore Grand Prix, some fans on social media have started complaining that the Mercedes team was not present to celebrate with Lewis Hamilton after his third place finish.

When asked about this in Mercedes’ Singapore Grand Prix debrief video, the team’s Technical Director James Allison explained that was not the case at all.

“I am going to have to disagree a little bit with the premise of the question,” the Briton said.

“Of course the team was there at the podium to celebrate with Lewis. As many of the team as it was practical to get to the podium were there – because we enjoy it. We love standing there and clapping and cheering for our driver.

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“Necessarily a certain amount of the team had to stay in the garage during that event because we needed to receive George’s car back from the marshals who were bringing it back into the pit lane.

“But the rest of the team were all down at the podium and cheering along with everyone else, but the cameras do not show everything and the big story there was of course the first win this year for a non-Red Bull team.

“So showing all of the overjoyed Ferrari faces was very high up the list of things that made for good TV, and indeed the pleasure from the McLaren folk as well.

“There was a very significant number of all teams down there at the podium ceremony, we were a big part of it, but not maybe where the camera lighted during the podium celebrations,” Allison concluded.

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