Lewis Hamilton ‘Knew’ about Mercedes’ Powerful Hybrid Engine before Leaving McLaren: Brundle

Published 12/30/2020, 1:48 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 29, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with a trophy on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Lewis Hamilton had one of the best debut seasons in Formula 1’s history. The Briton finished the season in P2 and missed the championship by just one point. However, he won the championship next season and ironically, by the barest of margins.

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The Briton driver showed immense promise upon entering the grid with McLaren. After a few unsuccessful championship campaigns with the orange team, he moved on to Mercedes in 2013.

The hybrid era started in 2014 and since then, Mercedes and their drivers have won every single title. Mercedes broke Ferrari‘s record of most consecutive titles and Hamilton equaled Schumacher’s record of the most championship titles.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

Talking about Hamilton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes in 2013, Martin Brundle explained, “It looked a gamble, but I’m sure if you knew what was going on behind the scenes it was less of a gamble.”

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Martin Brundle pointed out that Hamilton’s decision to join Mercedes was based on his knowledge and information about the Brackley team’s hybrid engine – a key point of concern as Formula 1 entered a new era.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wears a Black Lives Matter face mask after qualifying in third position Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

He explained, “What he would have known from Ross [Brawn] and Niki [Lauda] and co, is all about the hybrid engine. He would have bought into… ‘look, we are leagues ahead with this hybrid engine’. He would have known that.

“If you’re sold into that, and a big 2014 rules change, it makes it a more logical decision, and a great decision,” he further added.

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Joining Mercedes was one of the wisest decision Hamilton ever made, and there are rumors of him extending his partnership with Mercedes. While the Briton is eying the record-breaking eighth championship title, the Brackley team looks forward to extending their record of consecutive championship wins next season.

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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