Lewis Hamilton hopeful Mercedes can fight with leaders at 2023 US GP

Mercedes' new floor has shown encouraging signs at the 2023 US GP

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Lewis Hamilton has said that he hopes to be able to hang on to the cars around him to have a shot at winning the 2023 United States Grand Prix, after another encouraging qualifying session for Mercedes.

The team brought a new floor to the Circuit of the Americas and it has yielded promising results in the early runnings, as Hamilton qualified third for the Sprint Race and third for the main race on Sunday, having a shot at pole position on both occasions.

The step forwards, combined with the trend for the 2023 Formula 1 season of the Brit possessing stronger pace in races rather than qualifying, bodes well and the 103-time winner is aware of how close the field is.

“I think it was a little bit closer than yesterday,” Hamilton said to F1TV. “So we did make an improvement but it was definitely a tough session particularly on the mediums.

“But for us to be this close in Austin just shows that we are progressing as a team and we can really take that as a real positive.

“Hopefully we’re in a good position in both races to apply some pressure to the leaders.”

Can Hamilton get win 104?

Hamilton has not won a race since the 2021 Saudi Arabian GP, but he came close throughout 2022 at several races.

The 2023 season has been another winless F1 campaign so far, with the only real chance being at the Singapore GP although he ran out of laps left to mount a challenge on Carlos Sainz.

However, in Texas the field appears to be close as fractionally more than 0.1s separated the top four drivers in the Sprint Shootout, so can the seven-time world champion get his hands on another first-place trophy this weekend?

“At the minute, it’s all very close,” Hamilton added. “So we’ll wait and see, but I’m hoping I can hold on to it.”

Brandon Sutton
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