Allison says Hamilton factor key in Mercedes switch

James Allison has confessed that the major reason behind him making a switch from Ferrari to Mercedes ahead of the new season was the presence of Lewis Hamilton.



As things stand, he is enjoying life with the German manufacturer as they lead his former employers in the constructors championships by 145 points.

Allison has worked with some of the sport’s finest drivers in the likes of Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

On a personal note, if Mercedes manages to wrap up the season and Hamilton maintains his lead, Allison will clinch his 15th and 16th title.

“It has been a considerable pleasure joining Mercedes this year for many, many reasons but one of those was that it was my first opportunity to start working alongside Lewis,” Allison said.

“I think I’d only ever said hello to him once in all the years prior to that.

“The experience of working with him is very different to what I imagined it would be and I’ve found a racing driver or the sort of excellence that all of us can see from his statistics and the way he goes about his job.

“But what has been particularly good is that I’ve found a guy that conducts himself as a man in a way that makes you happy to work alongside him.

“That’s been an enjoyable and good thing about joining Mercedes.”

When asked to compare between Hamilton and others like Vettel and Alonso, Allison said it was tough to really pinpoint the difference.

However, he said that he would be extremely interested to see how all three did if presented with the same car.




“It’s a frustrating question because there’s an impossibility of answering it as there’s only one way to know for sure and it’s to line them all up in exactly the same equipment on the same days and have a championship where you find out exactly,” he said.

“All I can tell you is that all three of them have got the victories and the achievements that they have, not by good fortune but by being brilliantly skilful racing drivers.”

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