Red Bull beware! Hamilton admits Mercedes have upped their game and will take another step forward

The Mercedes F1 driver admitted he enjoyed having the summer break to reflect


With Formula 1 returning from its summer break, Lewis Hamilton feels that his Mercedes team definitely upped their game in both the Grand Prix immediately before, and expects that upward trend to continue. 

Hamilton won the British GP in mid-July, before finishing second in the Hungarian GP at the end of that month, which resulted in a 41 point swing in his favour in the Drivers’ Championship over title rival Max Verstappen. Now, Hamilton holds an eight point lead over the Dutchman. 

“Yes I think [we’ve bounced back], I think we have definitely upped our game,” Lewis Hamilton told the press. “I think we’ve also. just during this break, in terms of taking time to reflect and look at where we’ve been and where we’re going.

“I have no doubts that we will take another step forward in our processes and how we apply ourselves. So it’s been a real positive thing to see.”

When asked about the addictiveness of winning, Hamilton pointed to the work needed by every member of the team and the happiness seen by the team which is more satisfying.

“I don’t think it’s the winning that’s the addictive part,” Hamilton continued, “maybe when you’re younger, but I think it’s what’s going on in the background that people don’t get to see.

Alonso and Hamilton at the Hungarian GP 2021

“It’s the grafting, it’s the ride of emotions with each and every single individual in your team, both at the track and back at the factory. You have something of a long distance relationship with the people back in the factory and maybe don’t get to see them very often, but everyone is in the same boat rowing in the same direction. 

“So it’s that journey and seeing happiness on people’s faces so I would say it’s probably that part which is contagious and something that I would say I chase mostly.”

The Brit has also won the Belgian GP on four occasions with his last success being in 2020. Michael Schumacher has most wins in Belgium – six – with Ayrton Senna second on five victories. 

John Smith
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