In the last two races Mercedes managed to take the lead from Red Bull in the championship, in part thanks to their car upgrades.
After finishing the Hungarian Grand Prix in P3 (later he was promoted to P2), and reassuming the lead in the championship, Lewis Hamilton was asked what helped Mercedes make a “significant step forward” this weekend, and if he thought the team can “carry it forward”.
“I hope so, I really hope so,” Lewis said.
“I tell you it’s definitely been a hard slog for us in terms of trying to… those guys with their update, they had I think a combination of things but they took a really good step once we got the midpoint.
“Monaco onwards was intense and the upgrade really has worked and then we’ve just been working on our procedure through the weekend and trying to extract more from the car and I think now we’re a lot closer.
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“This weekend has been very strong and definitely surprising to see how strong it is compared to them so proud of everyone back at the factory, as I said, who continue to not give up.
“Even with today, the big mess-up, the team has still not given up, keep pushing and that’s what we do. We never give up.
“We keep pushing and fighting and I’m so honoured to be able to race for a team like this and we learn from these mistakes, unfortunately, we wish they didn’t happen.
“But it’s not how you fall, it’s how you get back up,” concluded the seven-time champion.