Would Hamilton rather take Newey or Verstappen “out of the equation”?

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Lewis Hamilton says he was asked if he would rather take Max Verstappnen, or Red Bull’s Technical Director Adrian Newey “out of the equation”?

Although Max Verstappen’s performance throughout 2022 and 2023 seasons has been splendid, many are pointing to Red Bull’s Technical Director Adrian Newey as the reason for the team’s current dominance.

While talking to the media in Singapore, Lewis Hamilton revealed he was asked who would he rather “take out of the equation”, Newey or Verstappen?

“I was just asked a question earlier: ‘Would you rather take Max out of the equation or take Adrian Newey out of the equation?’” Lewis said.

“Or something like that… And I was like ‘neither’. We just have to level up and do a better job.

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“They have done an exceptional job. You can’t fault them for the amazing work that they collectively are doing and have done. I would just want to level up all of us.”

Lewis went on to explain this is not the first time in his career that he had to deal with a less than competitive car.

“I think people just seem to remember the seven years or eight years that we were competitive.

“Don’t forget the years before that where I had pretty interesting cars at that time. So, I’ve had years like last year and this year.

“And, of course, when you are faced with adversity and faced with a challenge like we have, collectively as a team you learn more than you do when it’s smooth sailing up front.”

The Briton then discussed the areas within Mercedes that have been strengthened because of the struggles that they went through in the past two years.

“I think the communication has improved massively in this past year and it’s been a really interesting process for us all.

“For people to be able to sit down and say ‘you know what, yeah, we made the wrong decisions, can you work with us to help rectify it and move forwards,’ and that’s what we have done these past two years.

“So, I think it’s been a growing experience within the infrastructure. I think I’ve probably had to try to commit even more time just through sheer will of wanting to get there. And I think everyone has.

“But I don’t mind it, because we don’t like to lose, and we love the job that we do, so I’m enjoying it,” Hamilton concluded.

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