Mercedes ‘definitely’ closer to winning F1 again

The defending constructors’ champions suffered their first winless start to a Formula 1 campaign since 2011 as the team struggled to come to grips with new ground effect car regulations.

But Mercedes have made tangible progress in the final races before the summer break, with the team achieving double podiums in France and Hungary, with Hamilton currently on a string of five successive podium finishes ahead of this year’s Belgian Grand Prix. weekend.

Asked if he thinks Mercedes are now on course to get back to winning ways on Thursday at Spa, Hamilton thinks so, but is wary of the team’s quest to end their fruitless run.” will continue to be difficult”.

“I do, definitely,” Hamilton said. “I think for sure we’ve improved, we’ve had that consistency that’s shown in the last few races and great progress by the team, everyone pulling themselves together and continuing to push.

“And the car becomes more of a racing car, which isn’t particularly what it was at the start of the year – more like a normal racing car in the sense of its characteristics.

“And the last race was the best performance we’ve had so far, and that was a huge boost for us to close that gap.

“Naturally it’s going to continue to be tough, we’re going to keep our heads down. The other guys are doing an amazing job, but I think we can close the gap.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Hamilton is currently in the midst of his longest losing streak in F1 after going 14 races without reaching the top step of the podium.

Previously, his longest drought was nine races in 2009 and 2013, with those streaks both ending in victories at the Hungarian GP.

Mercedes head of ground engineering Andrew Shovlin told Autosport over the summer that the team had definitely suffered a “shock” over their struggles with the new car, but believes it doesn’t. will do her no harm in the future as she rebuilds her way to the front of the gate.

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Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell shares his views on the 2022 car closing in on victory, while adding that the way Mercedes have come together this season has been “inspiring”.

“I absolutely share that confidence,” Russell said when asked about Hamilton’s comments.

“I think it’s based on the fact that we’ve made huge progress. I think we’re also bringing more performance to the car in the races to come, which is really exciting, and I think we’ve learned a lot in the last few races before the summer break.

“So it’s really inspiring to see how the team pulled together in the tough times at the start of this year and to see how we closed that gap.

“I think there’s a lot more to come and we’re giving it our all.”

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