Hamilton Aware Something feels “Odd” at Mercedes

Recently commenting on the disagreement he had with Mercedes team orders during the final F1 race at Abu Dhabi, Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he’s felt things were “odd” at times under Mercedes.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 29:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track ahead of Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 29, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 29: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track ahead of Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 29, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

While we can be certain that Hamilton isn’t shaking in his boots over comments of citation and penalties regarding his behavior at Abu Dhabi, it’s interesting to see the top Mercedes driver open up a bit more regarding his views on what the team atmosphere is like. While he didn’t offer any specific examples, he did go on to state:

“There have been instances that feel a little bit odd. Definitely been some uncomfortable scenarios.” – Lewis Hamilton

It’s anyone’s guess as to what Hamilton is referring to – a popular conspiracy theory online has been that Rosberg was groomed for the win this year by Mercedes. And some are pulling on the news of his recent retirement announcement as credence for such a theory.

hamilton and rosberg laughing
Their relationship will be sorely missed.

Personally, I don’t buy it – as we’ve got nothing but the rumor mill to go on. Hamilton did go on to comment that although things might have been “odd” at times, he did expect it:

“But, you know, I expect that – I should expect that. I think that perhaps that comes with the territory when you compete as you do, when you’ve been out front for some time… It is a tricky scenario, I guess, for a team, when they’ve got two drivers fighting for a championship. But what doesn’t kill you makes only you stronger, from experiences you learn about different characters and about yourself.” – Lewis Hamilton

MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: The car of Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP at the side of the track, behind is the car of Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP after they crashed together during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 15: The car of Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP at the side of the track, behind is the car of Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP after they crashed together during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

In standard Hamilton fare, he’s rolling with the punches and drawings strength from the experience.

It’s still unclear where Rosberg’s abrupt announcement puts Mercedes – who’s going to be racing alongside  Hamilton now?