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Lewis Hamilton claims Mercedes listen to him a lot more than McLaren ever did

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After Lewis Hamilton wrapped up his fifth championship and with Mercedes now securing their fifth drivers and constructors double in a row, you'd probably be right in believing that this is the greatest team F1 has had to offer for some time.

In fact, only Ferrari have won five in a row before - between 1999 and 2004.

And Hamilton believes his team can go further and win both championships yet again next year.

Back in 2013, when he first made the eyebrow-raising switch from McLaren to Mercedes, even he would have found it hard to predict the amount of success they would go on to achieve.

Five years, and four championship titles later, and you would be hard pressed to find someone who still believes he should have stayed put with the team that gave him his first big break in F1.

And now, after his most recent success, Hamilton has revealed how Mercedes instantly impressed him by listening to his input much more than his former team.

“When I moved to this team, they really listened to every single thing I said,” Hamilton said, per Planet F1.

The five-time world champion went on to explain in particular how the move changed his mindset: “They acted on so many things, the smallest details. They listened to different engineers, Aldo [Costa], with Ron [Meadows] and so many things shifted.

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“It was amazing to have that response. I was like, ‘wow, I can really work with these guys, they’re here to win, and they know I’m not here to play.’

“I hadn’t had that experience before. It was a great feeling of respect and so I thought I could really use these guys, I can really work with them, learn from them, and also teach them some things.”

So it would seem the change in mindset started right at the beginning when Hamilton shifted over to Mercedes, and he has not stopped to look back since. 

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Lewis Hamilton
McLaren
Mercedes
Formula 1

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