Lewis Hamilton says he does not wish to swap mechanics with team mate Nico Rosberg.
Some race staff were rotated between the two Mercedes drivers during the off-season, prompting some to claim a connection to Hamilton’s recent technical problems. The world champion has experienced MGU-H problems during qualifying for the last two rounds.
Following the Russian Grand Prix, where he also experienced a loss of water pressure during the race, Hamilton suggested the change had been made “for no apparent reason”. However he denied claims of a link between the switch and his recent technical trouble.
He reiterated that view today in Spain and went further, insisting he was happy to stick with his current crew.
“I have no intention or any wish to move around,” Hamilton said during today’s FIA press conference.
“The issues we’ve had have been nothing to do with my mechanics, they’ve been doing a fantastic job both for Nico and I over the past three, three-and-a-half years. So that is not a concern. I’ve got a hundred percent belief in this team and in those guys.”
“This is really just hoping that I’ve had the bad share of luck, I guess, with the failures. But hoping that we move forward and you will get to see the results of their hard work because they have worked so hard to integrate with me and vice-versa from my side of the garage. We’ve got a huge amount of respect for each other.”
“I’m looking forward to trying to deliver something spectacular with them.”