Hamilton says Mercedes have “loads to return within the subsequent races” from their automotive · RaceFans

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Mercedes will proceed to press on with their growth push over the approaching races, says Lewis Hamilton, following their current positive factors.

Mercedes have reduce their deficit to pace-setters Ferrari and Crimson Bull within the final three rounds. Hamilton and group mate George Russell gave the impression to be in competition for pole place on the final race till the pair suffered separate crashes in qualifying.

The group has introduced one other aerodynamic improve to this weekend’s race at Paul Ricard. Hamilton indicated their growth push will proceed into and after the summer season break which follows the following spherical.

“It’s been actually constructive to have some consistency coming again,” he stated in the present day. “Little by little we’re getting slightly bit extra snug within the automotive. Additionally with the path the place you set the automotive up, the place you place the automotive, what the automotive will settle for.

“Clearly it bit me within the final race [weekend] with the crash in qualifying. However in any other case we’re continually including efficiency, we’re continually progressing forwards.

“There’s loads to return within the subsequent races and I’m excited by that. Within the final race we had been just a few tenths off the lead guys in qualifying. Slowly we’re getting nearer.

“The hole could also be larger in some tracks, who is aware of. However within the final race I used to be seeing it on TV, the battle up forward, I hope that I get to be a bit extra within the battle a while quickly.”

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Midway by way of the season Hamilton is but to win a race. He has by no means accomplished a championship with out taking a minimum of one victory. Nevertheless he stated he isn’t dwelling on when he’ll get the prospect to attain one other.

“I’m working in the direction of getting that win,” he stated. “I do imagine at some stage we’ll have the ability to compete with these guys. Whether or not it’s this weekend or in 5 races’ time, I don’t actually take into consideration that.

“I believe extra concerning the journey. The journey is the vital half. We began off not the place we wished to be. We’ve made progress. We began to achieve a sample of a little bit of consistency. Not a single particular person in our group has given up and we’ve continued to push, so I’m actually happy with the method and expertise that we’ve had.

“Getting into into the season, it’s not essentially the one you’d ask for, but when something it’s been a extremely helpful lesson learnt for all of us – and expertise. I believe we sharpened our instruments in numerous different areas in order that once we do get again to the place I really feel like we should be, I believe we’ll respect it that rather more.”

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