Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes lose top engineer who is ‘set to be placed on gardening leave’

Lewis Hamilton goes undercover to inspire school children (LONG VERSION)

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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are set to lose a top engineer at the end of next season. The team’s chief aerodynamicist Eric Blandin is set to join Aston Martin following the conclusion of the 2022 campaign.

“We can confirm that Eric Blandin will begin working for Aston Martin Cognizant Formula 1 team next year,” an Aston Martin spokesperson stated.

“His exact start date is not yet confirmed.

“The transition from Mercedes AMG F1 team to ourselves will be an amicable one.”

Mercedes supply Aston Martin’s engines and it is believed that Blandin is still working for the silver arrows for the time being, but he will be placed on gardening leave in due course.

Gardening leave is used in F1 to restrict the spread of specialist information, often technical, when employees switch between teams.

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The employee remains on the payroll and is in the process of terminating their employment, but is neither permitted to go to work nor to commence any other employment during the gardening leave.

Another major signing for Aston Martin comes in the form of Dan Fallow, who will join as the team’s new technical director.

He is currently Red Bull’s head of aerodynamics and Chrisitian Horner’s men have played hardball with Aston Martin over their employee.

His contract with Red Bull is scheduled to end at the end of 2023, and initial news suggested he may have to see out his current deal before being able to work elsewhere.


However, it is understood Fallows has recently been placed on gardening leave, which can last 12 months, and therefore is expected to join Aston Martin towards the end of next year.

Folliwng his dominant win in Qatar this passt weekend, Lewis Hamilton says childhood bullying enabled him to establish the tools to fight “on track” to become the most successful Formula One driver in history, as he chases down Red Bull’s Max Verstappen this season for glory.

And the 36-year-old admits his past, especially his father Anthony, helped him become the unstoppable racer he is today.

“It’s just how my dad raised me,” he told the BBC. “He said to always do your talking on the track.

“I was bullied as a kid, both at school but also on track, and we wanted to beat them the right way, not by a car falling off or colliding with a car.

“Then there is no denying that you’re better. If you have collisions, they can say, ‘Oh, yeah, but this happened, this is one tactic that that driver has’.

“I want to be the purest of drivers, through speed, through sheer hard work and determination, so there’s no denying at the end what I’ve accomplished.”

Hamilton trails championship leader Max Verstappen by just eight points with two races left in what has been a phenomenal F1 season.

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