Mercedes F1 Pokes Fun at Lewis Hamilton’s Engineer, Pete Bonnington

Published 03/31/2021, 8:36 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Whenever Lewis Hamilton is racing on the track, there is always a familiar voice in his ear. That man is Peter ‘Bono’ Bonnington, who is his Mercedes race engineer. Bono’s primary task is to relay information to Hamilton and from him to the team. They also coordinate on strategy and he even offers encouragement when needed.

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During races, Bono is well-known for two simple messages, “Okay Lewis, it’s Hammertime,” and “Get in there, Lewis!”

The first one is largely used during the race, at a time when Hamilton needs to pick up the pace. As soon as he gets that message, the Mercedes driver promptly bangs in the fastest laps.

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However, the most common message is the second one, which has cropped up much more often, since Hamilton has been winning a lot in the past few years. So, the Mercedes twitter handle, in line with their banter-easque persona, poked fun at Bono, Simpsons-style.

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Without a doubt, the Mercedes team was right back on it at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. However, Red Bull and Max Verstappen definitely made them sweat profusely. It was only because Verstappen chose an inopportune place to overtake, that Hamilton was able to win.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

To be precise, the Flying Dutchman pulled off the pass, but went off track in the process. So, rather than rack up a penalty, the team told him to give up the race lead. However, that was the wake-up call that Hamilton needed and he went on to win the race.

Now, the F1 paddock is going to San Marino for the Emilia Romagna GP in three weeks’ time, on 18th April.

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