Mercedes admits that talks over race engineer Peter Bonnington’s Formula 1 future will be held following Lewis Hamilton’s decision to
Hamilton’s long-time race engineer, Pete Bonnington, known as ‘Bono’, has been an integral part of Hamilton’s success, helping him win six Drivers’ titles and 82 races with Mercedes. With Hamilton’s move to Ferrari confirmed, there is speculation about whether Bonnington will join him. Ferrari has a history of allowing drivers to bring familiar faces, like Michael Schumacher did with Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff acknowledges the need for discussions with Bonnington about his plans. However, a potential obstacle for Bonnington and others considering the move is the need to relocate their families to a different country. Ferrari has already secured a key figure from Mercedes, Performance Director Loic Serra, which is believed to have been a factor in Hamilton’s decision. It is highly likely that more personnel from Mercedes could follow Hamilton and Serra to Ferrari, with the potential arrival of George Russell’s former race engineer, Riccardo Musconi, being seen as a significant turning point.