Lewis Hamilton Seeking “Short Term” Replacement After Manager’s F1 Exit

Published 03/15/2021, 9:45 AM EDT
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP poses during the launch of the Mercedes formula one team’s 2017 car, the W08, at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Earlier this month, it was reported that Lewis Hamilton and Marc Hynes, the CEO of the Briton’s management team (project 44), had gone their separate ways. Ahead of the final pre-season tests in Bahrain, the Mercedes driver revealed his plans to replace his close friend Hynes in that role and touched upon the need for restructuring the business in the future.

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Hamilton said, “Marc is one of my best friends. And remains one of my best friends. He is moving on to do some other great things. We’ve had an amazing partnership together. We’re really, really grateful and proud of the work that we have achieved together.

“I am doing some small restructuring now, moving forwards. Ultimately, there is plans we are working on for the future. So there will be someone, potentially for the short term and I’ll figure it out as I go along.”

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Losing his closest aide right before the start of the season wasn’t ideal for Lewis. It could well be possible that Hamilton’s mind may drift away from racing matters in order to attend to project 44. And that’s not exactly the kind of distraction the Silver Arrows driver would have wanted ahead chasing a record eighth title.

Can Lewis Hamilton put his worrying pre-season tests behind him?

Hamilton’s pre-season tests were far from ideal. The Briton struggled to keep control of the W12 and beached his car on day 2 of testing and spun into the gravel the very next day. Moreover, Lewis didn’t even manage to top the timesheets in any session.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

However, he did voice his confidence in the team and their ability to bounce back, and you would certainly not want to bet against that. After all, the German team as well as Hamilton are known to be quite the perfectionists. Surely, they would be able to iron out some of their flaws and reveal their true performance in time for the season opener.

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However, the two Red Bull cars of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez did sound a warning trumpet to Mercedes.

Will fans finally see a title battle for the Drivers’ as well as Constructors’ championship this year? We shall soon find out.

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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