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Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes told Hamilton he was 'wrong' after begging for change

The seven-time Drivers' champion revealed the discussions with Mercedes as part of Netflix's Drive to Survive docuseries.

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he was told his feedback was "wrong" by Mercedes during its struggles over the past two seasons.

The Silver Arrows has won just a single race under F1's latest technical regulatory era, courtesy of George Russell at the 2022 São Paulo Grand Prix.

Mercedes had used an innovative zeropod design concept that differed to the rest of the grid but initially struggled with excessive porpoising in the first year of the new ground-effect regulations, whilst a lack of rear-end stability and drag has plagued both the W13 and W14.

'Please do something'

In the latest series of Netflix's fly-on-the-wall docuseries Drive to Survive, Hamilton can be heard giving feedback on the W14's issues during a Mercedes debrief.

Shortly afterwards, an interview with the seven-time champion reveals his feedback had been downplayed by the team.

“I remember complaining to the team and being like, look, we have to make these changes, otherwise this is the trajectory we’re going to go on and this is where we’re going to end up,” he said.

“Please, please do something about it.

“I remember they said, like, we know what we’re doing, you’re wrong.

"That was definitely an interesting moment. I was like, okay, I’ll step back, don’t want to step on anybody’s toes. Then when we got into the season, then we spoke again [they said] ‘oh, maybe you were right.”

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