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Lewis Hamilton explains why he isn’t a leader at Mercedes

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Last October saw Lewis Hamilton claim his third Formula One title in four years and his fourth overall after ending the 2017 campaign on 363 points.

Last year also marked the Brit’s third F1 triumph under Mercedes after joining from McLaren five seasons ago.

With his current superiority dominating the sport, it would be wrong to dismiss the fact that the Brit is very much the face of Mercedes.

However, Hamilton has refused to label him as the ‘leader of the team.’

This came after Valtteri Bottas’ debut season, as the 32-year-old’s teammate saw him finish in third after former partner Nico Rosberg’s retirement in 2016.

Experience is very much on Hamilton’s side as last year proved to be only Bottas’ fifth season in F1.

The Finn also failed to reach higher than fourth spot in his previous F1 outings with former side Williams as Hamilton was clinching titles with Mercedes.

That said, it’s safe to say that the Stevenage-born racer is the most dominant force in the Mercedes side, but he feels that he is not the main source for their recent success.

"I don't look at myself as the leader of the team – I believe I am a small link in a long chain," Hamilton said via Autosport.

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"We all play a key link. The key is making the link as strong as it can be and that's what we have managed to do."

Hamilton also added that a meeting with Toto Wolff, the Merc motorsport boss, during the winter has played a pivotal role in their rise.

"If you are at the office and your boss doesn't want you there it's going to be a s**t environment, isn't it? You want to work there but you [also] don't," he added.

"That's just negativity drawing away from what you're great at.

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"That meeting was really important to reset things, so when I arrive and the guys know I'm going to be giving it everything, they work that extra bit harder, and vice versa.

"If there's any negativity or question, it can only hold us back, so it was almost a purification of the relationship, and a re-start of the solid foundation we had already built years ago."

Hamilton and the Mercedes team will undoubtedly be a driving force yet again next season and will be hoping for even more success come the end of the year.

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