Lewis Hamilton had a successful race at the 2023 Australian Grand Prix, finishing second and earning Mercedes-AMG F1 its first podium finish of the season. However, his celebration was marred by the absence of his teammates during his post-race interview. Fans were left wondering why the team wasn’t present to share the moment with the seven-time Formula 1 champion.
Where were Lewis Hamilton’s Teammates?
As reported earlier, Hamilton was visibly dismayed during in an interview because no one from Mercedes F1 was there to celebrate his podium finish. Fortunately, a member of the Mercedes team, Jonathan Wilcox, explained the reason for their absence via Twitter.
According to Wilcox, the team was in the crowd, but George Russell’s car was already in the garage, so his side of the garage was busy getting into stripping down his car already, and that’s why there weren’t many of them.
Securing Equipment After Fans Broke onto the Track
Another reason thrown around for the absence of Mercedes personnel in the aftermath of the Australian GP was that the team was also securing equipment after fans broke onto the track at the end of the race. Early on, several Formula 3 teams were reportedly looted, and it’s a no-brainer that the team wanted to secure their hardware and information more than anything else.
End to Negative Thoughts
The Mercedes driver’s fans were quick to jump to conclusions when the team was absent during the podium celebrations, and the team’s social media had come under fire. Hopefully, this explanation puts an end to the negative thoughts surrounding the Brackley-based team.
Upgrades for the W14
Fans of the team are looking forward to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and the unveiling of significant upgrades for the W14. It remains to be seen whether this will transform the car into a race-winning spectacle. With any luck, Lewis Hamilton may be able to continue with the momentum he has built up so far.