Hamilton’s Win Shows ‘Why We Are Fortunate To Work in F1’ – James Allison


Lewis Hamilton - Podium - Mercedes - Singapore
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Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport‘s technical director James Allison stated that the weaknesses that have plagued them at the Singapore Grand Prix have been put right.

Lewis Hamilton clinched victory at Singapore ahead of Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel, whilst fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was the best outside of the podium in fourth place.

Mercedes clinched their third win in a row at a circuit that is often been described as a ‘bogey circuit’ due to the team’s lack of pace over the years.

Ferrari looked favourites to take the win around the street circuit, but Hamilton pulled out an outstanding lap to claim pole position, which turned into his seventh win of the season.

Mercedes chief designer James Allison claims that the issues they have suffered at Singapore have been put right as they increase their lead in both championships.

“Yesterday felt great, exhilarating and breathless, but about five minutes afterwards, those feelings disappear and our thoughts turn to the race; making good on pole position takes over our world,”

“Now, just 24 hours later, a wonderful feeling of contentment washes through the whole team from the knowledge that we’ve done a good job here and increased our lead in both championships.

“More importantly, we have put right the weaknesses that have plagued us at this circuit for a number of seasons and validated a lot of the theories and analysis of why we have suffered previously.”

Hamilton’s win extends his lead to Vettel by forty points, as they reach the final six rounds of the championship.

Ferrari are still in the championship race and can still catch up with the reigning world champions, but will need some luck on their side to get themselves back at the front.

Allison states that F1 can be a brutal sport, reminding about the time Ferrari won at Belgium in August, but says the Brit’s win at the Marina Bay Street Circuit reminds the team why they are so fortunate in working in the sport.

“This sport can beat you up, like happened recently to us in Spa, but it is days like today that remind us why we are so very fortunate to work in Formula One,” Allison continued.

“But this feeling, too, will last for about 10 more minutes before we begin fretting about Sochi, because our competition is desperately strong and the remaining races cover a very wide range of challenges.

“We are all aware that we need to keep having weekends like this one if we are to finally achieve the results that we so crave.”