Hamilton: Winning is the only thing that counts

4 December, 2013

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton admits that helping Mercedes finishing second in the 2013 Formula 1 Constructors’ World Championship was a big deal, but at the same time says that finishing fourth in the Driver’s Championship was “no big deal because winning is the only thing that counts”.

Speaking to Daily Mail about his season, Hamilton said, “It’s not a big deal, you don’t get a bonus for it [finishing third as opposed to fourth]. Winning is the only thing that counts.”

He did, however, add, “For the team, second in the Constructors’ was important because that is what they deserved. I’m glad I was able to contribute to that.”

Lewis Hamilton on the podium after winning in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton on the podium after winning in Hungary

It was no secret that Hamilton was not always comfortable in the Mercedes W04 which began development before he signed for the team in December 2012. Much of the car was designed with input from Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, long before Hamilton was even on the team’s radar.

The 2008 World Champion explained, “This year’s car has been built for Nico, and developed with Michael who drives differently to me. So this year has been a really difficult year in terms of being able to extract the most from the car.”

“Actually, it’s not been such a bad year given it has been my first year and with a car I’ve not known. There are so many things I’ve been learning, with lots of problems throughout the year.”

Lewis Hamilton was the new guy in the Mercedes team in 2013

Lewis Hamilton was the new guy in the Mercedes team in 2013

“When I was at McLaren, going into my first year I’d already been there a period of time,” reflected Hamilton. “I had done a lot of simulator running to really get on top of things and changed things to the way I liked them, and the car worked for me. Over the following years the car was built for me, and obviously my team-mate…and I had a lot of input into that.”

At Mercedes this year Hamilton has been the ‘new guy’ acclimatising to his new environment, “Nico has been here from the first year, so the stuff [that] I’m learning I’m sure is similar to what he was learning in the first year. So I’m hoping next year, from this year’s experience, I have a much better understanding.”

In his maiden year as a Mercedes driver, Hamilton was on the podium five times, with victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix his best result. (GP247)

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  • McLarenfan

    And yet people are giving Heikki Kovalainen a hard time!

  • Nemo Nobody

    And being the fastest is the only thing that counts for winning :)

  • Hawk

    @McLarenfan
    yes. Heikki deserves it. not scoring in that Lotus was sacrilege. it was the second best car. he just had to contribute however little to Lotus’ WCC fight.

  • Nemo Nobody

    I agree that Heikki was a disaster but I don’t see Lotus as the second car.

  • matthew

    Who do you see as 2nd? I felt like lotus was better than ferrari or mercedes this year. kimi half assed his last few races big time. (I would have done the same if I wasn’t paid though.) thats why they ended in 4th.

  • drift

    …”not scoring in that Lotus was sacrilege”

    “The Finn had been on course for a top-eight place at Austin but he was forced to pit after a piece of debris — either a visor tear-off or a paper bag — blocked the brake duct amid a dramatic loss of downforce.

    The extra pit stop, and lack of KERS in the second half of the race, meant Kovalainen finished out of the points.”

  • Lol

    He has a hard time beating an average driver like Rosberg and was beaten by Button 1 season and also over 3 years combined.

    Next.

  • matthew

    rosberg is well above average, possibly the most under rated driver on the grid. hamilton is an excellent driver by anyones standard, and rosberg out qualified him and beat him several times. I’m not saying rosberg is one of the best, but he is absolutely a good driver. id say hes a notch or 2 below the alonso-kimi-vet-ham group, but hes certainly a notch or 2 above the button-hulk-perez-massa group. (all of who are good drivers as well. either getting slower or getting faster)

  • Hawk

    Can’t waste time responding to such nonsense.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    @lol, thanks for pointing out that Rosberg is an average driver, which means that Schumacher is a crap driver, since Nico beat him 3 years in a row. Good you know so much about F1!

  • drift

    Rosberg is defo not second rate, that’s for sure. He has been regarded as the “golden child” (quote Hamilton) during his GP2 championship times, has easily beaten one of the most highly regarded multiple-F1-Championship drivers in Schumacher and is now pretty much on the same if not better level than Lewis Hamilton.

    Concerning the allegation, Hamilton was beaten by Button multiple times, one has to know that the current rules favour “tyre-saving” pilots like Button and this is pretty much the only reason Button sometimes outperformed him, as his driving style is much more smooth than Hamilton’s aggressive throwing-your-self-into-the-turn-and-get-it-done-with-your-butt’s-feeling type of style….

  • drift

    Hawk, I don’t know which non-sense you mean, lol’s? Cause what you wrote about Kovalainen not being able to score has been disproved by the quote I mentioned and you haven’t yet responded?

  • Garth

    Rosberg is an average driver that is why he is never in the hunt for the WDC. Button also is an average driver although with the Brawn double de-fuser he did get really lucky and poached a WDC
    Kovalainen is also an average driver, I do not dislike any one of these drivers, nice guys they may be but the facts and record books speak for themselves.

  • Garth

    Lewis has me baffled by his ever changing moods and statements. He recently announced that he wouldn’t want to win as many races as Sebastian Vettel because it’s boring, Now he is saying That Winning is all that matters, dead right on the last part Lewis and to save any confusion unfortunately for you that is all that matters to him too.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    @Garth, Lewis said he didn’t want to win as easily as Vettel, not that he wanted to win less. You got it wrong.

  • farizY

    @red bull cheats
    That’s utter bs….Lewis just saying that to look cool. Who in their right mind would not want to win as ‘easily’ as Vettel? What a joke.

  • Hawk

    @drift
    You are right on which nonsense I meant. Definitely not your comment. As for ur response on Heikki… Well… Another piece of debris at Interlagos too?

  • Garth

    @ Red Bull Cheats

    Either way, what racer in his right mind would come out with a load of tosh like that, I wouldn’t want to win that easily.—F I A to Hamilton, we would like to help you in your quest, If you win pole in every race next year we will drop you 5 places on the grid just to help you not win that easily, Hamilton to F. I. A. thanks guys much appreciated.—–Clown.

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