Marc Hynes, a “long-term friend” of Lewis Hamilton’s is returning to the Mercedes driver’s entourage for 2024, after initially departing his side ahead of 2021.
Hynes has supported Hamilton for four of his Drivers’ Championships, with him having previously been the seven-time World Champion’s chief executive of Hamilton’s Project Forty Four management company.
Hamilton is very much bringing back his right-hand guy, something which can only be good news for the 39-year-old.
The Mercedes driver is working with Hynes again as his management agreement with Penni Thow’s company Copper came to a “natural end” at the end of 2023, although Hamilton will continue to work with Copper away from the circuit on various projects.
Hynes will be working purely on “racing activities”, in support of Hamilton’s quest to get back to the front of the grid.
“The management agreement between Penni Thow and her company Copper with Lewis Hamilton came to its natural end in December 2023, after the expiry of a fixed term,” reported The Telegraph.
“Over the course of the partnership, Penni and her team have supported Lewis’s entrepreneurial vision and together they have launched several exciting ventures. While the management agreement has ended, Copper will remain working with Lewis on some of these joint projects to ensure their continued development and success.
“Over the coming months, Lewis will expanding his company Project Forty Four, which was set up in 2014, and will be making exciting appointments and announcements as he continues to grow his entrepreneurial business and investment interests.
“Lewis is looking forward to the beginning of the new Formula One season and he will be working with Marc Hynes, his long-term friend and former colleague who will be providing his expertise to assist Lewis on the track. Marc will be solely focused on racing activities and supporting Lewis’s commitment to bringing the fight back to the top spot.”
Hamilton has now gone over two years without a race win, an unimaginable statistic given that he’s top of the all-time winners list.
Hamilton’s 103rd F1 win – his most recent – came at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, where he jostled with Max Verstappen in Jeddah.
The British driver is hungry to return to the front, something Hynes’ arrival will make slightly easier.
In his previous five years working with Hynes, Hamilton only failed to win the title on one occasion, in 2016 when Nico Rosberg won the Drivers’ Championship.