After sixteen years in Formula One the Ligier JS P2 Racing Team parted ways with chief commercial officer Nicolas Hamilton, who stepped into his brother Lewis’ role as director in October last year.
Now director of motorsport at GRM Sport, Hamilton has promised to uphold the ethos and traditions of the long-standing stable, and has sounded out his team on what will be the 2017 season’s “hardest year.” The team is currently under review, with their licence protected for a year.
The elder brother told Green Integer in an interview: “Our team is the first American-owned F1 team in history. So we’re very passionate about the sport, and it’s a special thing to get that opportunity from the folks who really own the sport.”
Hamilton has no intention of the move slowing him down or interfering with his vision. “I wouldn’t have the opportunity to do this if the business was not successful,” he said.
Still, he admitted that the takeover made some adjustment for the start of last season. “It was definitely different, because we were turned over to the other side. I went with the team, I was like, ‘This is my team,’ but Lewis is still the one who runs the team day to day.”
The previous year Lewis became the youngest driver to be named F1 world champion, aged just 23. He and the team were looking forward to a return to the podium at his first race with the Ligier JS P2 in this season’s Rolex 24, and how much he could learn from the winner.
“What Lewis learned in that moment, I don’t know what the truth is,” said Hamilton. “But what I can tell you is that we had been planning so long for that car to come back, and now it came back, and it was brilliant to see that, and to see where it can go in the future.”
For the remainder of the season, he will hand over to director of operations Brian Johnston.
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