Lewis Hamilton, in a recent interview on Periscope with Mercedes sponsor UBS, said that he feels it is unfair to share data with his teammate. Hamilton asks engineers,He went on to explain that engineers should be able to share. The data relating to car performance, but not let the. “other guy” know what lines he’s taking through a corner and where his braking points are.
Hamilton asks engineers not to share data with other side of the garage:
He went on to add, “I go out, do my laps, do all my homework, the other guy can see everything. I have asked my team and I don’t want to see my teammate’s. I don’t feel it’s fair that he brings his A-game and I should be able to study his A-game on a computer. For example, when we’re driving, we’re picking out braking points, bumps, tyre rubber marks on the track, all these different things to help get you through the corner quickest, and the other driver probably naturally may be able to do more or less than you are.
But because of this data, they can just copy you. Oh, he’s braking five metres later there, I’ll go out and I’ll try braking five metres later too. So that’s what I really dislike, because it enables them to get closer.”
Hamilton will be joined by his new team-mate Valtteri Bottas this year and it would be interesting to see how their relationship develops. He also said, “I think it should be ‘you hired me because I am the best, because I’ve studied, because I’ve won every class that I’ve been in. I’ve not missed one in terms of winning and you’re hiring whoever the next person is because they’ve hopefully won some things along the way as well and you’re hiring them for their ultimate skill all round.’
When I get in this new car, it’s seeing what the limit of it is. if I can’t do it on my own, then I’m not good enough,I don’t deserve to be there. And there are some drivers that don’t.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff would surely be looking to prevent any rivalry within the team, among the engineers. It’ll be interesting to see what his thoughts are regarding this.