Lewis Hamilton says his efficiency in yesterday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix reveals he’s able to compete as soon as he positive factors extra confidence in Mercedes’ newest automotive.
For the second yr in a row, Mercedes have begun the season nicely off the tempo of the front-runners. Hamilton has additionally mentioned he isn’t at one with how his automotive handles.
He was downbeat after Saturday’s dash race, which he completed in seventh place. However he loved a extra aggressive displaying within the grand prix, passing Lance Stroll to complete sixth, regardless of dropping to tenth place through the Security Automobile interval.
Hamilton had already pitted earlier than the Security Automobile appeared within the race, and dropped behind a number of rivals who have been in a position to make their pit stops with out dropping as a lot time as he had. “It wasn’t splendid,” he mirrored.
“Clearly I obtained caught up with the Security Automobile. However I couldn’t get slowed down in that frustration. I’ve misplaced all these positions, I simply needed to hold my head down and get focussed on attacking and that’s what I did. I obtained my head down and obtained proper again within the race.”
He mentioned he “actually loved these battles” as he made his manner ahead. “Actually repeatedly pleased with my group for simply retaining their head down.
“We didn’t have the tempo that we had within the final race, which clearly just isn’t the best, however there’s no lack of motivation on this group. We’re all super-hungry. We’re simply working in the direction of getting these upgrades. So I feel that is the start of one thing hopefully higher within the subsequent coming races.”
He mentioned he was happy along with his response following the frustration of the dash race and the early blow of the Security Automobile setback within the grand prix.
“There’s a lot work going into the weekend after which yesterday was a troublesome day the place [I] went backwards. After which at the moment I hoped for a greater day and I misplaced so many locations, I misplaced 5 locations or no matter it was. In order that’s undoubtedly a kick within the enamel.
“However then I used to be like, nicely, it’s what it’s. However I feel at the moment reveals that the starvation is there and as soon as I get that confidence within the automotive, the tempo will come.”
Throughout the race, Hamilton was heard asking his race engineer Peter Bonnington about message he had on his steering wheel. He defined he was being proven a picture resulting from his brake temperatures which was stopping him accessing different data.
“The brakes have been overheating, the picture was up, in order that meant I couldn’t see tyre temperatures,” he mentioned. “In order that’s the factor I used to be attempting to show off.”
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