Lewis Hamilton faced the media during last week’s test and spoke about his new team mate, Mercedes’ latest recruit to its technical team and his latest helmet design.
Lewis Hamilton on…
There’s a new face on the other side of the Mercedes garage this year. Hamilton gave his first impressions of life alongside Valtteri Bottas.
“It’s been great so far. Not really a lot to really say except Valtteri seems to have settled really well into the team, he’s given great feedback, he’s working hard with his engineers to get up to date.”
“He’s very forthcoming with the information coming from the car so the engineers and the team can move forward.”
“So I think if anything we’re probably working at full capacity in terms of how we’re developing. Nothing’s being held back which is fantastic.”
…his new helmet
Thousands of fans entered a competition to design Hamilton’s new helmet for 2017. The winning entry revives his classic yellow colours.
“I like it. My first, original helmet was yellow. And so I’ve been really pondering the last couple of years whether or not to go back to yellow.”
“The reason I went with white was just because it looked better with the car. I’m actually happy that I’ve gone back to yellow because Valtteri’s got white on his helmet so it would be difficult to distinguish the two of us.”
“I had a lot of designs to go through. It was amazing the response from the fans. Kids have come up with amazing drawings, there was so many different ideas, it was very hard to choose.”
“But for me it was important to try and keep some of the relevance, some of the design I’d already had, rather than a completely new design.”
“And it’s a work in progress, in that last run I used the first iteration of it and then the one that’s all yellow is a separate iteration. Before I get to Melbourne there’ll be another, small alteration to the helmet.”
“But I love it, I’m really happy with it and so far I’ve had positive comments. It’s nice to have something different.”
With Paddy Lowe saying farewell to Mercedes, former Ferrari technical director James Allison has arrived to bolster the team’s technical division.
“With James I’ve only read about what he’s done and seen obviously what he’s done at his previous team. I hope that he joins in well, I look forward to seeing what he brings.”
“But the emphasis is not just on one there’s a lot of people back at the factory. Each and every single person is designing every part of the car and they work together as a team.”
“When we say that we are the best team it’s not just the guys in the garage that work together in synergy better than everyone else so that we do the best pit stops, the cars are so reliable. It’s the guys at the factory who are so diligent with the work that they do and work and communicate with each other better than I’ve ever seen.”
“And I can’t imagine anyone beating that in terms of the core united front that we seem to have, which is amazing to see.”
…training for 2017
Drivers have intensified their training regimes to cope with F1’s demanding new machines and Hamilton is no exception.
“Training can be so boring. I’m sure you guys if you go to the gym it can be so boring in the gym. Sometimes taking different people with you, I’ve worked out with lots of different people, had different ab workouts, different workout regimes. I’ve not been going to the gym doing the same thing everyday I’ve done something new.”
“I have brought in a couple of different sports that I haven’t done before. It’s great for reactions, great for whole body conditioning. It’s a bit more fun that’s for sure.”
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year