Mercedes stars Lewis Hamilton and George Russell insist that outgoing chief technical officer Mike Elliott is not to blame for the Silver Arrows’ inconsistent form over the last two years. It was confirmed this week that the long-serving Elliott had surprisingly left the team ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Elliott spent 11 years with Mercedes and was key to many of Hamilton’s World Championship triumphs. However, he has come under scrutiny for the team’s struggles since the start of 2022.
Russell claimed Mercedes’ only victory of the last two years in Brazil 12 months ago. But performance struggles and the inconsistency of the British pair have largely seen Mercedes underperform.
Both drivers have insisted, though, that Elliott cannot be blamed. That is despite some suggestions that Hamilton’s frequent complaints about the developments of last year’s W13 car and this season’s W14 vehicle have been too slow.
“What we have to remember is nothing is down to one person,” Hamilton said in Brazil. “We do everything as a team. There are so many moving parts at the factory, so there’s not a single individual responsible for where we are, it’s a collective.