Lewis Hamilton has reshuffled his management team, bringing racer and long-time friend Marc Hynes back into his corner, as the Mercedes driver chases a record eighth Formula 1 title while seeking to end a winless streak stretching back to 2021.
Hamilton has made some major changes to his support team as he enters his 18th season in F1, his 12th with Mercedes. The 39-year-old’s spokesperson told The Telegraph: “The management agreement between Penni Thow and her company Copper with Lewis Hamilton came to its natural end in December 2023, after the expiry of a fixed term.
“Over the course of the partnership, Penni and her team have supported Lewis’s entrepreneurial vision and together they have launched several exciting ventures. While the management agreement has ended, Copper will remain working with Lewis on some of these joint projects to ensure their continued development and success.”
In other words, one might say: “Thanks, it was fun, time to move on. Don’t call us, we’ll call you.”
The new line-up in Hamilton’s camp was revealed at the same time: “Over the coming months Lewis will expanding his company Project Forty Four, which was set up in 2014, and will be making exciting appointments and announcements as he continues to grow his entrepreneurial business and investment interests.”
Marc will be solely focused on racing activities and supporting Lewis
“Lewis is looking forward to the beginning of the new Formula 1 season and he will be working with Marc Hynes, his long-time friend and former colleague who will be providing his expertise to assist Lewis on the track. Marc will be solely focused on racing activities and supporting Lewis’ commitment to bringing the fight back to the top spot,” concluded the statement.
That top spot has been elusive the past two seasons for both Mercedes drivers. George Russell won his first and his team’s last race to date when triumphed at the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix. Last year both drivers were winless. Hamilton ended better in the final 2023 F1 World Championship standings. The Briton scored six podiums to the two bagged by his younger teammate and fellow countryman.
However, there is no doubt that with a consistent GP-winning package, which Mercedes last built for him in 2021, Hamilton could well challenge Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s alarming dominance. But will Mercedes deliver that car? Time will tell, Bahrain will be soon upon us!
Big Question: Will Mercedes deliver a consistent race-winning car for Lewis and George in 2024??