Despite Mercedes having a number of problems in F1 2023, Lewis Hamilton has rejected comparisons with McLaren and is confident in the team has enough talent within to get back to the top in the sport.
Both McLaren and Mercedes have endured a torrid beginning to the 2023 F1 season, with team principal Toto Wolff admitting the Mercedes concept was not working after the first race of the season and the team will move in another direction.
“You can’t compare us to McLaren,” Hamilton stated to the press ahead of the 2023 Australian GP. “We’ve won eight world titles in the last 10 years.
“McLaren is a like an old home for me. I’m always looking to see where they are and hoping that they figure things out and become the team they once were, the team that I know them as being when when I was in my earlier days and before then.
“We are still winning a world championship winning team, we’ve got amazing people who have been with us on that journey. We always need to hold ourselves accountable each and every single one of us, we all need to look at how we go about things and how we can do it better.
“There’s not a single person in the team that thinks that they’ve done everything right and that they can do things better. And everyone’s just focused on on correcting that and learning move forwards collectively, and improving communication and improving how we process things and that for me is a huge thing.
“Because if you got a group of people who are just super stuck in their ways and just don’t change, then that’s where you just stay in that the area of being non competitive.
“These guys, men and women are very open minded. That’s inspiring for me to see the courage that they have. And I know that we’ll get there.”
Wrong Mercedes direction
Hamilton has perviously stated that he was not listened to when it comes to the direction Mercedes were going with the car.
“I listened to the team and that was the direction that they said that we should go,” Hamilton said.
“Had I known the feeling that I would have in it, it wouldn’t have happened. And it has to change for the future,100 percent.”