Ex-McLaren Says: Engineers ‘Strived Not To Work With Hamilton’ – Formula 1 News

Ex-McLaren Says: Engineers ‘Strived Not To Work With Hamilton’ – Formula 1 News


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seven times world champion formula 1 and the owner of some of the biggest records in the sport – such as the number of wins and poles, for example – Lewis Hamilton went through a strange situation at the beginning of his career in the division, when he started driving for McLaren in 2007. Marc Priestley, former McLaren mechanic , made an unusual revelation this week: the team’s engineers and mechanics did not want to work on the Brit’s car, but Fernando Alonsohis colleague in the English team.

“Mechanics and engineers fought among themselves to make them work in Fernando’s workshop. [Alonso]” Priestley revealed on the ‘Pitlane Life Lessons’ podcast. “People didn’t want to work on Hamilton’s car, because they didn’t expect much from him,” said the former McLaren mechanic.

Hamilton’s career was meteoric until his arrival formula 1. Lewis was champion at least once in each of the four years before his arrival in motorsport’s biggest category – as in European F3 2005, with 15 wins in 20 races, or 14 podiums in 21 F2 races in 2006 – but the pressure of run parallel. two-time world champion Fernando Alonso was very strong when the Briton arrived at McLaren.

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Hamilton’s fatal crash in China that cost him the 2007 world title (Image: Getty Images)

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However, the future champion overcame suspicion immediately by reaching second place in his first season formula 1second only to champion Kimi Räikkönen – whose path was facilitated in part by the battle conditions at McLaren and Hamilton’s disastrous mistake in China.

Hamilton won four races that year, 2007, and had 12 podium finishes in 17 races in his rookie season. The Briton scored the same 109 points as Alonso, but was ahead of the Spaniard for most races finished in second place – five to four, after both were also level on the number of wins.

At the end of the season, Alonso finally quit McLaren in favor of the Briton, who lifted his first trophy in 2008 by beating Felipe Massa at Interlagos in a dangerous victory over Timo Glock – as the Brazilian crossed the finish line . champion and ended up losing the title.

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