Hamilton says Mercedes’ 2023 performance has been a bit “overlooked”

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Lewis Hamilton the fact that Mercedes is second in the Constructors’ Championship is “something that I feel has been a little bit overlooked”.

Although Mercedes is not where it wants to be in 2023 – and that’s fighting for the world title – the team is actually second in the Constructors’ Championship, with a 51-point advantage over third-placed Aston Martin.

Although after eight years of success, it’s natural that fans and the team itself are disappointed with not being able to fight at the front of the grid, Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes’ performance has been “a little bit overlooked”.

“I think it’s a huge achievement, and I think it’s something that I feel has been a little bit overlooked, if I’m really honest,” the Briton said.

“More focusing I guess, only because we want to win, there hasn’t I would say been the most positive narrative.

“But I’m really proud of the team, the progress and the steps we have taken with the car, from feeling like an almost identical car to last year, to making all the changes that we have.

“There are some small adjustments we are making moving forwards over these next couple of races.

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“We have some small bits added to the car this weekend, every point of downforce, every little bit that we had makes a difference.

“So I’m super grateful to everyone back at the factory for continuing to push, even through the hard times, and just staying focused knowing that we will, with the belief that we will get there at some point.

“Just to keep [up] the good work. For us to be second in the constructors’ championship, considering how others have started this year, like how McLaren are doing with their big turnaround, Aston who came out of the blocks really great, I think it’s pretty amazing.

“And that’s down to all these amazing people back at the factory, and the crew that we have here. Also, the drivers aren’t doing a bad job!

“And you know, my goal is to try and make sure the team keep that second place in the championship, and try and hunt down second in the drivers’ championship, that is my goal,” Hamilton concluded.

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