Lewis Hamilton urges Mercedes not to change his mechanics again
Lewis Hamilton says he will ask Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff to ensure his mechanics remain where they are, insisting his crew needn't change ahead of the 2017 season.
The Briton made it clear at the beginning of the current year that he wasn't happy with Mercedes' decision to switch some of his mechanics with team-mate Nico Rosberg's, but now says he's happy with his "guys" and no changes need to be made.
"Next year I'll speak to Toto [Wolff] and say 'look, I don't want my guys being changed'," Hamilton told Channel 4.
"I want to keep all my engineers, there's not a single person that needs to leave. All my mechanics, there's not a single person that needs to leave.
He added: "Let's go racing. I'm committed, hopefully they're committed to me, I'm now their only world champion so hopefully they respect and appreciate that and the commitment that I'll put into next year."
That interview was conducted a day before Hamilton met up with Wolff, which was followed by an Instagram video in which Hamilton said he had an "amazing meeting" with the Austrian, adding: "I just wanted to send on a message to let you know that we are going to be the strongest partnership next year and we look forward to fighting for this championship again."