Mercedes’ James Allison Reportedly Fascinated by Lewis Hamilton’s “Haunted” Need to Win

Published 05/18/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Lewis Hamilton is an exceptional talent behind the wheel and has proven that time and time again. His racecraft and skills have driven him to race wins at three out of four races this season. But it’s not just his skills that push him to win; the technical director of Mercedes, James Allison, states that the need to win every single time haunts Hamilton.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The seven-time world champion currently leads the championship with 94 points. And the Brit aims to keep that momentum going that will see him lift the eighth title of his career. He won the Spanish Grand Prix and will aim to do the same in the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix coming up this weekend.

The technical director of Mercedes confesses Hamilton’s desire to win

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

In a recent episode of the podcast, F1 Nation, host Tom Clarkson divulged the details of the chat he had with James Allison. “He was fascinated about Lewis Hamilton and his desire to win. He described Lewis as being “haunted” by the need to win.” 

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 20: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and James Allison, chief technical director of Mercedes-AMG F1 Team during the press conference at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 20, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/MB Media/Getty Images)

Keeping in mind the kind of achievements the Knight has, this isn’t too much of a stretch. He’s broken record after record, and the Mercedes driver even equaled Michael Schumacher’s record last year. Now, he’s looking to clinch his eighth world title, a record that will catapult him to the front of F1’s history books.

DIVE DEEPER

‘Pointless Exercise’ – Lewis Hamilton Dismisses F1 Track Walks and Simulators

about 1 month ago

Ricciardo backs Lewis Hamilton to win the title this year

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

It’s not often that you see drivers saying that their rivals will win the title, but the entire paddock is well aware how good Lewis is. And Daniel Ricciardo is no different. Hence, he thinks that Hamilton will lift the title at the end of the season.

As quoted by Planet F1, Ricciardo said, “He’s getting it dished back at him by Max, but is holding his ground and showing people who doubted him why he is what he is and why he is as good as he is.”

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race. Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason/Pool/File Photo

With Lewis currently leading the standings, it’s safe to say why people see him as the favorites to win the championship. But, do you think the Briton can beat his rival to claim the title? Let us know in the comments below.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Arpit Gomes

499 articles

Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT