Mercedes positive factors a nice shock for Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes hasn’t up to date its automotive and is not sure the place a current step ahead in efficiency has come from, however that it bodes properly for his title hopes.
Mercedes was comfortably overwhelmed in Zandvoort after Max Verstappen was additionally credited with victory in Belgium after qualifying on pole place for the rain-hit occasion. The 2 title rivals collided in Monza however Mercedes had the higher hand in Russia earlier than Valtteri Bottas dominated the Turkish Grand Prix weekend, with Hamilton qualifying on pole and recovering from eleventh to fifth after a grid penalty.
“Nicely, we haven’t achieved something to the automotive,” Hamilton stated. “So… I don’t actually know why that’s the case, I believe the 2 tracks we’ve pushed on have perhaps suited us a bit extra, however the automotive has been feeling good, it felt nice (in Turkey) — shifting forwards hopefully.
“Valtteri did a fantastic job — if we will proceed to carry out like that over the subsequent races it’ll be good for the staff, and if the automotive continues to carry out because it has that’ll be good for us.”
Hamilton’s lead to Istanbul was restricted by a brand new inside combustion engine that Mercedes opted to take as a consequence of reliability considerations. The defending champion is assured he gained’t must take any additional new elements however says it’s an space he shouldn’t be overly concerned with.
“I don’t actually give any power to it — it’s not my job to fret about that stuff. I let the (staff) guys concentrate on that. My engine’s in good situation, my first engine I believe did six races, we nonetheless have engine two and I believe engine three continues to be there. So far as I’m conscious, hopefully I don’t must however I can’t predict what’s up forward.”
Regardless of the promising indicators from Russia and Turkey, staff principal Toto Wolff says he doesn’t anticipate Mercedes to have the ability to draw back in relation to the drivers’ championship battle.
“I don’t assume you’ll be able to say (Mercedes may have the quicker automotive) with absolute conviction,” Wolff stated. “I consider that now we have a very good bundle now. The automotive was very aggressive (in Turkey) — if it wasn’t for a grid penalty I believe we may have had each likelihood to complete first and second and that will have meant eight factors extra.
“However I’m wanting rigorously optimistic on the future, Austin is a observe that we like and it’s one other alternative. However I’m below no illusions that that is going to go very a lot to the tip within the drivers’ championship.”