Lewis Hamilton after Australian GP: “We can close that gap”

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After an amazing P2 at the Australian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says closing the gap to Red Bull is “going to be tough but not impossible”.

After Mercedes’ early-season struggles, the W14 seemed to perform better during the Australian Grand Prix weekend.

After qualifying in P3, Lewis Hamilton ultimately finished the race in P2. Afterwards he confirmed he is still not feeling great behind the wheel, but he was very positive about Mercedes’ chances for recovery.

“I still feel uncomfortable in the car, I still don’t feel connected to it,” the Briton said.

“I’m driving as best I can with that disconnect and I’m working as hard as I can to try and create that connection. But I think it’s a long project.

“But still, considering we’ve been down on performance, we’re clearly down on straight [line] pace compared to the Red Bulls.

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“For us to be up here fighting with Aston is just amazing at this point in the season. We just have to keep on fighting.

“A big, big thank you to all the people back at the factory. Let’s keep pushing.

“We can close that gap, it’s going to be tough but not impossible.”

George Russell, who qualified in P2, unfortunately suffered an engine failure. Lewis says the team needs to find out what went wrong.

“It’s really unlucky for George today. On our side, we’ve got to look into our reliability, it’s generally been really good. So, that’s really unfortunate. Otherwise, to get those points is really amazing.

“I definitely didn’t expect to be second, so I’m super grateful for it,” Hamilton concluded.

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