The reigning constructors’ champions has endured its first winless begin to a Formula 1 campaign since 2011 because the team has struggled to obtain along with the brand new ground effect car regulations.
But Mercedes made tangible progress in the ultimate races prior to the summer break, with the team achieving double podiums in France and Hungary, with Hamilton currently on a run of a five-successive rostrum finishes before this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Asked whether he feels Mercedes is currently closer to time for winnings way on Thursday at Spa, Hamilton believes it really is but is wary that the team’s quest to get rid of its barren run will “continue being tough”.
“I really do, definitely,” Hamilton said. “I believe of course we have been improving, we’ve had this consistency that’s appear in the recent races and great progress the team is making, everyone pulling together and continuing to push.
“And the car’s becoming more of a racing car, that is not particularly what it had been in the beginning of the year, similar to a standard racing car in the sense of its characteristics.
“And the final race was the very best showing that we’ve had up to now, and that for all of us was an enormous boost that people can close that gap.
“Naturally it will continue being tough, we shall keep our heads down. Another guys are doing an incredible job, but I really do believe we are able to close the gap.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG
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Hamilton happens to be amid his longest losing streak in F1 having gone 14 races without achieving the top step of the podium.
Previously, his longest drought ran for nine races in 2009 and in 2013, those streaks both being ended with wins at the Hungarian GP.
Mercedes’ head of trackside engineering Andrew Shovlin told Motorsport.com on the summer that the team was definitely dealt a “shock” by its struggles with the brand new car, but feels this can take action no harm later on since it rebuilds its in the past to leading of the grid.
Hamilton’s teammate George Russell shares his views on the 2022 car approaching being truly a winner, while adding that just how Mercedes has rallied this year has been “inspiring”.
“Absolutely I share that confidence,” Russell said when asked about Hamilton’s comments.
“I believe it’s in line with the fact we’ve made plenty of progress. I believe we’re also bringing more performance to the automobile in the coming races, that is really exciting, and I believe we learned a whole lot within the last few races before the summer break.
“So, it is sort of inspiring to observe how the team has pulled together in the tough moments in the beginning of the year and seeing how we’ve closed that gap.
“I believe there’s plenty more ahead and we’re giving it everything.”