Major Mercedes departure announced, Lewis Hamilton mind games return – F1 news round-up

Major Mercedes departure announced, Lewis Hamilton mind games return – F1 news round-up

Lewis Hamilton pilots his Mercedes W14 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez during the Mexican Grand Prix weekend.

Tuesday’s F1 news round-up continues to explore the fall-out from the Mexican Grand Prix.

It was a day with plenty of Lewis Hamilton headlines, with the seven-time World Champion leaving Mexico full of beans about the potential of his Mercedes team as the W14 comes on in leaps and bounds.

But the designer of the W14 also made headlines himself on Tuesday, as Mike Elliott has decided to leave Mercedes. Check out all of Monday’s big F1 news headlines!

Mercedes lose the architect of W13 and W14

Late on Tuesday evening, Mercedes revealed that chief technical officer Mike Elliott has decided to leave the organisation with immediate effect in order to take a step back from F1, months after he and James Allison swapped roles.

Elliott oversaw the zero sidepod concept used on the W13 and W14 before the team opted to switch concept and revert to having James Allison as technical director, with the W14 ending the season in much more competitive shape.

Elliott will now embark on a period of gardening leave following his departure from the Brackley-based team.

Lewis Hamilton’s tyre complaints exposed as tactical

It’s something we’ve all suspected for a long time, but it’s finally been confirmed – Lewis Hamilton is usually lying when he says his tyres are going off, albeit perhaps not to actually try hoodwinking his opponents.

Mercedes’ development driver Esteban Gutierrez has revealed the seven-time World Champion uses the tactic as a psychological trick.

“Lewis is very strong in that kind of situation,” he said.

“I think he says some things to let it out of his system, it’s not necessarily meaning that’s what he believes, he’s just getting that out of his system.

“If I was in this position, it’s like a psychological process to try to increase or maximise your situation. And he’s done that a couple of times in his career where sometimes he makes an indication and then he does totally the opposite.

“And he’s like mega and doing the fastest laps and incredible stints and I think today was a good example of that.”

All Red Bull rumours were dismissed out of turn

Pretty much every rumour you can think of has circulated about Red Bull’s 2024 driver line-up in the last few days, with Sergio Perez’s form continuing to disappoint.

But PlanetF1.com reached out to our sources within the Red Bull team, where the rumours have been dismissed out of hand – one source even compared all the rumours to the waste products of the animal the team is named after!

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