Lewis Hamilton, the Mercedes driver, has voiced his belief that his team needs to put forth its best performance in the next half year, in terms of car development, if they are to pose a serious challenge to the reigning dominance of Red Bull in 2024. Red Bull motorsport team recently confirmed a much coveted second consecutive constructors’ title after a triumphant performance at the Japanese Grand Prix, marking this season as their most successful to date.
In this year’s season, the Red Bull team has only had one race out of 16 where they did not secure a victory. Meanwhile, the Mercedes team, where Hamilton is a driver, has found itself in a battle for second place. However, during the Suzuka race, this place was taken by their competitions, McLaren. The duo driving for McLaren, Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, secured a double podium, leaving Hamilton’s Mercedes in a distant third.
Responding to this, Hamilton cited McLaren‘s impressive gains this year and suggested that Mercedes could take inspiration from them. He said, “I have no idea where the car’s gonna be next year but we’re a long long way away. The next six months has to be the greatest six months of development we’ve ever, ever had, to close that gap and be banging on the door.”
Hamilton brings attention to the remarkable progress of the McLaren team and instructs that Mercedes cannot afford to overlook this. He continued, “The evidence is there with the McLarens and we can’t turn a blind eye to that. We’ve got to look at what they’ve done and go in that direction. That is the direction.”
With high hopes for future improvement, Hamilton remains onto his team’s capacity to accomplish the feat. “We’ve always been great at putting downforce on the car it’s just that with the way our car currently works, adding downforce doesn’t work, it just makes it bounce more,” he said.
Mercedes had revealed its intention to depart from its original car development path after the initial race in Bahrain. Now, as the team grapples with a new concept introduced during the Monaco Grand Prix, Hamilton has expressed expectations of brighter days ahead for Mercedes.
Hamilton underlined the importance of this shift, saying, “Hopefully with the change in philosophy we’ll be back where the team deserves. Because this is a world championship team.” Having complete faith in his team, Hamilton believes that the decision made in this period will be paramount to their trajectory.
Hamilton previously voiced concerns that his feedback was unheard by Mercedes in 2022 regarding its original car concept. Regarding whether the team had heeded his words this time, he stated, “There are things that I’ve asked for that we’ve gone in a direction, part of the direction for next year. I think all the points that George and I give have been fully listened to.”