Is Lewis Hamilton being excluded from Mercedes meetings amid sabotage conspiracy?

Hamilton will swap silver for red at the end of 2024 when he joins Ferrari.

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Lewis Hamilton said he’s still involved with Mercedes’ development ahead of the 2024 British GP at Silverstone, but it’s inevitable he will eventually be excluded from meetings as he prepares to depart the Silver Arrows for Ferrari.

The seven-time world champion stunned the world by announcing a switch to Maranello just months after committing his future to Toto Wolff’s team, bringing an end to an 11-year stint at Brackley with the German outfit.

So, as he prepares to swap Northamptonshire for northern Italy, there has been a question of just how much use of him Mercedes will use to develop their 2025 car and whether he will eventually stop being told where things are headed.

But speaking to the media, Hamilton said he accepts being excluded from Mercedes meetings is destined to happen although he’s comfortable with that reality of the sport, as shouts of sabotage against him circulate the Mercedes camp.

“For me, I haven’t I haven’t been excluded from any meetings,” Hamilton told press, including Total-Motorsport.com before the 2024 British GP. “And we’re still working on this car and trying to get the car to the front, so it’s still very collaborative.

“I’ve been here a long time, if there’s a point where they’re like, ‘We prefer you not to be in this meeting,’ that’s totally fine with me. It’s inevitable, perhaps, at one stage.

“But at the end of the day, no information that I would get this year, will impact next year because I’m not in communication [with Ferrari]. Nothing passes hands until I start the season next year and it takes time to develop things.”

Lewis Hamilton at 2024 Austrian Grand Prix | Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton at the 2024 Austrian Grand Prix | Mercedes

Hamilton Mercedes sabotage: What do we know?

Lewis Hamilton news often breaks the F1 paddock and claims of a conspiracy against him from within Mercedes proved to be no different, dominating the headlines in the lead up to the 2024 Spanish GP. But what exactly are the allegations against the Silver Arrows?

Members of the media and key figures within F1 reportedly received an email from an unnamed representative of Mercedes who alleged that the team were intentionally leaving the tyres too cold for the seven-time world champion through qualifying, affecting both his performance and safety.

It comes after the veteran racer has been comprehensively outperformed by George Russell through 2024, with the younger driver leading him in qualifying, race results, poles, wins and podiums.

“It’s not from a member of the team,” Wolff told the media on June 21. “We get tons of these emails. It’s upsetting particularly when there is talking about death and all these things.

“With this particular one, I have instructed to go in full force – with the police enquiring it. They are researching the IP address, we are researching the phone, all of that because online abuse in that way needs to stop.”

Mercedes conducted an in-house analysis and concluded the email was not sent from a member of their team before referring the matter to the police for an investigation, which determined there was no criminal behaviour involved.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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