Ex-Mercedes Strategist Reveals Lewis Hamilton Was ‘Nicer’ Compared to Rosberg

Published 01/07/2021, 5:52 AM EST
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg (left) shakes hands with Lewis Hamilton as he celebrates winning the Formula One world championship during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)


Quite a lot of people have stated that Lewis Hamilton always treated Mercedes like his family since his entry into the team in 2013. Well, it looks like such claims are true.

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A former Mercedes’ strategist opened up about how Lewis treated him when he joined the team in 2014. Apparently, Lewis welcomed him into Mercedes on the very second day of his job. Hence, he opined that Lewis was the “nicer guy” compared to Nico Rosberg.

He also penned about the time when Lewis took his entire team out for some paint-balling as a way to celebrate his championship win.

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Chat with Lewis Hamilton

The strategist entered the championship-winning team in 2014 and was still getting used to the fresh faces in it. However, on the very next day, he had a surprise visit from Lewis himself.

On my second day at the team, I was reviewing some old races, mesmerised by now being able to hear all the radio comms of these races I had seen as a fan, when someone grabbed me from behind, scaring the sh*t out of me. It was Lewis.

“Big smile on his face, welcoming me to the team and asking what I do,” he wrote.

Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second-place finisher and World Drivers Champion Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP on the podium during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Later that year, when Lewis took his team for paint-balling, the two had another long chat with each other. During the chat, Lewis described his race start at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

He described the start of the 2014 Abu Dhabi race to me and how indescribable the pressure was to have to make the perfect start but also not jump the start.

How with a twitch of his thumb he could have thrown it all away. Was really cool to see that human side,” he added.

Hilarious moment during paintball

The strategist mentioned the moment when Lewis got hit by a paintball straight in his “balls” while playing with his team members.

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Later that day someone shot him in the balls during the paintball which was also pretty funny,” he wrote.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Third placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference after the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The entire crew were preparing themselves for paintball by placing cardboards inside their pants. However, unfortunately, Lewis arrived late for the game and had missed the meeting. Eventually, he paid the price by taking the painful hit, while the others had a great laugh.

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Overall, it is quite obvious that Lewis is part of the reason behind the positive trend that is persisting within the team. So, with the concerns of Lewis losing out on his seat for 2021, how tough would it be for Mercedes to function without the Briton?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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