Hamilton says the W14 is “just levelled up in pretty much everywhere”

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes’ upgraded floor introduced at the United States Grand Prix is “one of the first upgrades that I’ve actually felt over the last two years”.

At the United States Grand Prix, Mercedes introduced an upgraded floor for their 2023 car, and after Friday’s on-track action, Lewis Hamilton was happy with the result.

“Yeah, good session for us,” the Briton said.

“Really grateful for the improvements that the team have made with the car. Everyone’s worked so hard to bring some upgrades and for us to be this close to McLaren and Ferrari and even the Red Bulls.

“I think it’s a showing of just how hard everyone’s worked.”

Asked if the upgraded car feels different, Lewis said:

“The car it feels almost the same. It’s just levelled up in pretty much everywhere.”

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Mercedes’ Technical Director James Allison said the upgrade is actually a signifier for 2024. Asked about this, Lewis said:

“I don’t know really if it’s a signifier of anything for next year. As we continue to experiment, we get more and more knowledge of where we are going, where we are routing the flow of the car.

“The floor is not a huge amount different, so it’s… There’s always hype with someone’s upgrade, but the rest of the car is exactly the same and there’s lots of areas in which we can improve.

“But this is an improvement. This is one of the first upgrades that I’ve actually felt over the last two years.

“So that’s, that’s a positive and we just need two or three times this step to put us in, you know, super competitive mode, which I believe the guys can do,” Hamilton concluded.

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