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Hamilton: Mercedes must now rise as a team

Aug 29, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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Lewis Hamilton has said that Mercedes must put the clash between himself and Nico Rosberg in the past and now focus on rising as a team to secure both F1 titles in 2014.

The British driver slipped to 29 points behind Rosberg in the drivers’ championship following their on-track incident at the Belgian Grand Prix, which saw Rosberg try an overzealous move on the Briton that left him with a puncture.

Many questioned just how the two drivers could reconcile in the wake of this incident, but after talks in England today with Rosberg and the team bosses, Hamilton has urged the team not to dwell on the situation.

“Today we came together as a team and discussed our differences,” a statement from the 2008 world champion read. “Nico and I accept that we have both made mistakes and I feel it would be wrong to point fingers and say which one is worse than the other.

“What’s important is how we rise as a team from these situations. We win and we lose together and, as a team, we will emerge stronger.

“There is a deep foundation that still exists for me and Nico to work from, in spite of our difficult times and differences.”

Hamilton said that both he and Rosberg must not risk damaging the team effort for their own personal gain.

“We have the greatest team, the strongest group of individuals who have worked their hands to the bone to give us the best car you see us racing today,” he said. “It’s important that we never forget that and give them the results they deserve.

“Today, Toto and Paddy told us clearly how we must race against each other from now on in a fair and respectful manner. The fans want to see a clean fight until the end of the season and that’s what we want to give them.”

When concluding his piece, Hamilton underlined his commitment to fighting for this year’s world title, in spite of the points deficit he faces with seven races remaining.

“It’s going to be a tough road from here but championships have been won from much further back than I am now,” he said. “I promise you that I will be giving everything and more to win this for my team, for my family and for my fans.”

With statements from both drivers and the team now issued, Mercedes will turning its attention to next week’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

  1. techmeister1 - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Hammy and Mercedes need to eliminate Hammy’s unscrupulous driving and refusal to follow team requests. If Hammy continues to force Rosberg off track when Rosberg is clearly faster, it’s going to come to tears for all involved.

  2. shotgunzoom - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Unscrupulous driving? I thought this was racing not commuting. I guess it was LH who came back on the track at the end of qualifying at Monaco. Or maybe he ran off track at Canada cutting the chicane because he couldn’t brake in time because his teammate was closing him down. All things being equal, NR knows he can’t compete straight up head to head. He needs the team to hold his hand, get him out of the pit stops quicker. LH is better of the blocks then me I can’t handle that or do better so I’ll do something to correct that. We call that kind of crap a punk’s move on der strasse!!!!!

  3. adamthemanc - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Techmeister… Wow fella, change the freaking record!
    We get that u obviously dislike Hamilton, for reasons that nobody else gives a flying crap about, have u nothing more constructive to write about the fabulous sport that is f1?

    You have an incredibly biased view of what’s going on at Mercedes and the more i read your posts, the more i come to the assumption that u really do know VERY little about this sport!

    So far you’ve labelled Lewis Hamilton as an unscrupulous, egotistical, unsporting, dirtbag who only cares about his rock and roll life style, while he lives in his own fantasy world.
    Have u met the man?
    Have u seen how much he does for charity?
    Have u seen the pictures of him taking time out of his unbelievably busy life to visit kids at a children’s hospital?
    Have u even opened your eyes to see how much he’s helped to raise the profile of Formula1?

    Sure you’re entitled to your opinion, but unless you’re willing to see both sides of the coin, then you really need to keep your opinions to yourself, instead of just spitting out slanderous comments about a person u obviously don’t know anything about!
    Dude!…. Look in the mirror, cos it usually takes one to know one!!

  4. barrylibby - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    While all this is a great soap opera I wonder just what did transpire in that meeting.
    In article on BBC article or another site( I cannot find it again) made mention of how Lauda and Wolf immediately blamed NR
    for the incident . OK that is understandable but I find it unusual that Lauda wasn’t mentioned
    in other articles.

    It is probably best to separate the incident itself and then the aspects of the opera.
    It was a racing incident officially and that is enough.

    As for all the attributes provided about LH above, the list of prominent people in many disciplines are just as
    great as Lh or many others. That doesn’t necessarily always prove to be the true picture of the real person.

  5. shotgunzoom - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Hey Barry, what are you really like as a person? I would hope you are more genuine and introspective than the thoughts you post here.

    NR got booed by the crowd in Belgium because they know what they saw. Having lived there for 3 years, I can safely say that fans from all over Europe go there to watch the race. There weren’t just Hamilton supporters booing him. Somehow you assign blame to the guy who was hit from behind. You question his character, not with facts but with opinions and conjecture.

    You talk as if you’re a reasonable fair minded dude, but you clearly have something against LH. Either that or you’re clairvoyant and can read minds.

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