Hamilton: Hoping Silverstone has the car where we need it
Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes is working to fix its 2022 Formula 1 car, the W13, and hopes to have it where it needs it by Silverstone, its home Grand Prix.
The 2022 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona was a ‘mini-eureka’ moment for the eight-time constructors’ champions as they appeared to have almost eradicated the rebound problem that plagued their 2022 silver arrow, the W13 .
In Monaco however, they did not confirm that their problems had disappeared as they were less competitive again, but Hamilton told the Monaco press conference that he hoped the cat would be sorted by the time of his run. at home, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July.
“Hopefully by then we will be where we plan to be,” Hamilton told the media of the Silverstone deadline. “I know everyone at the factory is working as hard as they can to keep the car moving forward and I have no doubt that we will.
“And yes, hopefully at Silverstone we will have the car where we need it, at least by then, to be able to fight these guys for the win.
“That’s what I work for every day, that’s so we can fight at home and give them the best possible run,” the Briton revealed.
Many think it would be a good idea for Mercedes to ditch their 2022 car and start working on their 2023 challenger from now on.
Hamilton isn’t so sure it’s a good idea and was quoted by Mundo Deportivo as saying: “Really, I didn’t think of that.
Not a good idea for Mercedes to start work on the 2023 car
“I think we need to find out what’s wrong with this car before we can make another car. If we were to start making another car, we could easily be wrong,” said the seven-time world champion.
“I think it’s about really understanding that, which we haven’t done yet, and giving ourselves a path where to go,” he insisted.
“There are definitely a lot of things I wouldn’t want from this car in next year’s car, so I’ve already included them,” Hamilton added.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff the team has yet to decide if the current concept belongs in the trash, as they have yet to reach that stage of decision-making.
“At some point, if we still can’t close that gap…we have to keep moving away,” he began. “And then, if decisions have to be made for next year that cannot be changed on the current car, either architecturally or aerodynamically, those decisions have to be made.
“But we’re not there yet,” he said, adding, “If you want to change the concept, you have to figure out what’s going to make the new concept faster than the current one.”
Hamilton notably struggled more with the W13 than his team-mate George Russell who is able to extract more performance from the car.