Lewis Hamilton, Peter Bonnington, Mercedes

Hamilton without usual race engineer Bonnington for potential title-decider

2019 Mexican Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton will be without his usual race engineer Pete Bonnington for the next two races, Mercedes has confirmed.

Bonnington, who has been Hamilton’s race engineer since the five-times world champion joined the team in 2013, has not flown out to Mexico as he is undergoing a medical procedure in the UK. Mercedes confirmed he will not return in time for next week’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.

Bonnington has been Hamilton’s race engineer for four of his five championship-winning campaigns, in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018. Hamilton could win the world championship for the sixth time this weekend or next.

In place of Bonnington, Mercedes has promoted Hamilton’s performance engineer Marcus Dudley. Dom Riefstahl, who normally runs Mercedes’ race support operations, will take Dudley’s place.

Hamilton played down his chances of clinching the title this weekend. He needs to out-score team mate Valtteri Bottas by 14 points in order to do so.

“I don’t remember if in a season I’ve finished 14 points ahead of Valtteri at any point,” he said, “and if it has it may have been one race maybe. So I anticipate that it will be a difficult weekend. Valtteri has been strong all year and obviously won the last race so I expect him to be strong this weekend too.

“It doesn’t matter where it’s done, as long as you get it done, and that’s what I’m trying to do. But I’m fully aware that there are still plenty of points on the table and I’ve got to deliver over these next four races.”

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6 comments on “Hamilton without usual race engineer Bonnington for potential title-decider”

  1. What happened here ?

    1. Get well soon Bono!

  2. Hopefully Dudley’s nickname around Brackley is “The Edge”.

    1. Bravo, Just bravo :)

  3. Hamilton seems to have short memory! First I can think of? Last race of 2018, hamilton won, though it wasn’t all plain sailing, bottas lost out, got overtaken and ended 5th, that’s 15 points gained on bottas and haven’t even checked this year’s races, I just automatically remembered that.

  4. Guys ‘Valterri has been strong all year!’ Lewis always speaks the truth and never says things with a mind on how it will make him look! 🤣

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