Lewis Hamilton has called on his fans to trust in his Mercedes Formula 1 team as much as he does in another message designed to allay conspiracy theories.
Following Hamilton’s issues with his car in Russia that came hot on the heels of his problems at the previous race in China, and with teammate Nico Rosberg opening the season with four straight wins, accusations followed of sabotage. It resulted in Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff describing the theorists as “lunatics,” which was followed by an open letter from the team to the fans making clear no driver was being favoured over the other.
Now Hamilton has posted his own statement underlining the faith he has in those around him and urging his followers to show their own conviction in Mercedes’ integrity.
Hamilton said: “I want you to know how grateful I am for all of your support. I’d like to ask that you please trust in my team, as I do. This is my family. These guys have been the greatest, hardest-working people for me, and that is why I am now 3x world champion.
“Please don’t put any more thought into my team doing anything unjust towards me, and understand that it would be in no one’s best interest for that to be the case. We’ve had the best three years together, and whilst it’s not going to plan right now, all will unfold in its own time. I trust these guys 1000 per cent and my mechanics are incredible, the best in the business. I respect them so please do the same.
“They are the guys that are going to make winning this championship possible.”