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Mike Elliott left his place as Mercedes chief technical officer earlier this week with the group having claimed only one win over the past two season; watch the Sao Paulo GP Dash weekend dwell on Sky Sports activities F1 from Friday with qualifying at 6pm, Sunday’s race is at 5pm

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Lewis Hamilton says he’s ‘unhappy’ to see chief technical officer Mike Elliot go away Mercedes and beloved working with him throughout the group.

Lewis Hamilton says he’s ‘unhappy’ to see chief technical officer Mike Elliot go away Mercedes and beloved working with him throughout the group.

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have defended former Mercedes chief technical officer Mike Elliott, following his departure from the group forward of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Elliott’s exit after 11 years with the group was introduced on Tuesday, along with his choice coming after he was changed as technical director in April, along with his predecessor James Allison returning to the function.

Elliott had taken over as technical director in 2021, however Mercedes’ pursuit of an unsuccessful design idea underneath the game’s new laws for 2022 noticed their eight-year streak of constructors’ titles emphatically ended by Crimson Bull, who’ve as soon as extra dominated the 2023 season.

Hamilton appeared to criticise unnamed figures throughout the group in March this yr when complaining that he hadn’t been listened too relating to his issues over the design idea, however insisted on Thursday that no particular person was guilty for Mercedes’ struggles.

Mike Elliott has left Mercedes after 11 years with the group

“What we now have to recollect is nothing is down to at least one individual. We do every thing as a group,” Hamilton advised Sky Sports activities F1.

“There are such a lot of shifting elements on the manufacturing facility, so there’s not a single particular person answerable for the place we’re, it is a collective.”

Elliott, who started his F1 profession at McLaren in 2000 earlier than shifting to Renault in 2008, joined Mercedes in 2012 to grow to be the Silver Arrows’ head of aerodynamics, holding the place till 2017 when he was made expertise director.

In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Mercedes had three of essentially the most dominant seasons in F1 historical past, shedding simply eight races in that interval, with Hamilton claiming two of his seven world championships.

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Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton relives his sensible eight victories on the British Grand Prix.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton relives his sensible eight victories on the British Grand Prix.

“I am positively unhappy to see Mike go,” Hamilton added. “I’ve identified him since my McLaren days, earlier than I raced for McLaren (in F1) he was there. I’ve had an important relationship with Mike. I’ve beloved working with him, inside this group. He is such an clever particular person.

“He was somebody I might at all times communicate to on aerodynamics. He was superb at explaining every thing to me, so I discovered lots from him.

“However it’s his choice to maneuver on and do one thing totally different. I want him completely all the perfect and I am tremendous grateful for all his contributions over these years. I do know no matter he’ll do subsequent, he’ll be nice as a result of he is a brilliant mind.”

Russell: Elliott a ‘large half’ of Mercedes success

Russell, who claimed Mercedes’ solely win throughout this season and final on the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, additionally insisted that the group’s underwhelming performances could not be put all the way down to a person.

Requested by Sky Sports activities F1 if Elliott was the defender of the 2022 and 2023 ideas that weren’t proper, Russell mentioned: “No. It was by no means one particular person who makes or breaks success.

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George Russell admits it has been a ‘actually difficult’ yr for him, however says Brazil holds a particular place in his coronary heart following his 2022 victory on the circuit.

George Russell admits it has been a ‘actually difficult’ yr for him, however says Brazil holds a particular place in his coronary heart following his 2022 victory on the circuit.

“It is at all times a collective. You at all times have a frontrunner, somebody on the helm who steers the ship.

“We have now 5 exceptionally gifted designers and engineers who’re on the prime of the design group, then we now have a tremendous design workplace, aerodynamics division and racing…who observe their lead.

“Because the saying goes ‘we win and lose collectively. Mike has been an enormous a part of the group and it is essential that we bear in mind he was the chief aerodynamicist throughout all the glory years, and arguably, alongside the technical director, that’s the most important a part of each F1 group, so Mike has been an enormous a part of that success and I want him nicely.”

When to look at the Sao Paulo GP dwell solely on Sky Sports activities F1

Friday November 3

2pm: Sao Paulo GP Apply (session begins at 2.30pm)5.30pm: Sao Paulo GP Qualifying build-up (additionally on Sky Sports activities Most important Occasion)
6pm: Sao Paulo GP Qualifying (additionally on Sky Sports activities Most important Occasion)8pm: Ted’s Qualifying Pocket book

Saturday November 4

1.30pm: Dash Shootout build-up2pm: Sao Paulo GP Dash Shootout5.30pm: Dash build-up6.30pm: SAO PAULO SPRINT8pm: Ted’s Dash Pocket book

Sunday November 5

3.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday: Sao Paulo GP build-up5pm: THE SAO PAULO GRAND PRIX7pm: Chequered Flag: Sao Paulo GP reaction8pm: Ted’s Pocket book

F1 heads straight to Brazil for the ultimate leg of the Americas triple header and the final Dash weekend of the 2023 season. Watch each session from the Sao Paulo Grand Prix dwell on Sky Sports activities F1 from Friday, with Sunday’s race at 5pm. Stream F1 on Sky Sports activities with NOW

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