Hamilton: Winning is the only thing that counts
4 December, 2013
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.”
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.”
“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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