Lewis Hamilton’s F1 Trainer Heartwarmingly Defends ‘Bono’ Amidst Harsh Rosberg Criticism

Published 09/06/2021, 6:11 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with Mercedes race engineer Peter Bonnington Pool via REUTERS/Jose Sena Goulao


Mercedes’ strategy revolving around Lewis Hamilton, faced serious backlash; especially Hamilton’s race engineer, Peter Bonnington. Mercedes, being the close-knit family it is, soon came to the engineer’s defense. Angela Cullen, a crucial member of Team LH, took to Instagram to advocate for Bono.

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Cullen’s post read, “this relationship between Lewis and Bono is so special he is his No. 1 engineer, they are both genius in their own right.” Regarding the obscure team radio, Angela highlights how well the duo understands each other. “The way they work together and the power and ability to understand each other and the car is magical. They make each other accountable and inspire and encourage each other to ensure we can get the best out of each race weekend.”

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Angela further praises the hardworking man Bono is. She explains the hours he puts in and the sacrifices he makes to keep the team a well-oiled machine. “Bono is just one of the amazing individuals that make up the MB team it is such an honor to work alongside him and it’s so humbling to witness the man-hours he puts in and the magic he produces with the car.”

Bono’s importance to the team goes without saying. the race engineer has lead Hamilton to so many victories; one race’s error should tarnish that.

Lewis Hamilton addresses failed strategy

On a day where Red Bull had its second driver starting from the pits, Mercedes had the upper hand. However, Hamilton’s second stop resulted in a massive mistake on the teams’ part.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

Having pit again on lap 39, Mercedes attempted an undercut on Max Verstappen. But, Hamilton emerged into traffic, which held him back from pushing as much as he would want to. Verstappen, too, pitted a lap after and maintained a comfortable lead. Hamilton was heard doubling the strategy on team radio; maintaining that the team got their plans wrong.

Lewis Hamilton commented, “I definitely think that wasn’t our best strategy but it was really hard out there. At the end of the day, they were just too quick.”

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ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 05: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing, second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and third placed Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 5, 2021 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

The champion explained losing a whole second to the race leader because of the traffic on the pitlane. He looks forward to discussing the errors with his team. “We’ll take it offline and try and figure out how we can improve it, but I think we stopped too early in that second part and it had just been a point where we got through traffic.”

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As Mercedes figures out the errors in their strategies, Red Bull celebrates the victory in Zandvoort. The faultless strategy on the team’s part equated well with the exceptional pace, all for the memorable Dutch GP win.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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