For the past week, the F1 media has speculated that Mercedes has an option of introducing a ‘Plan B’ car later in the season. Lewis Hamilton gives his comments.
Ahead of 2023 Pre-Season Testing, Sky Sports analyst Ted Kravitz said Mercedes has a ‘Plan B’ car in development, to be introduced later in the season, if the team’s ‘zero sidepods’ concept definitely turns out to be a mistake.
When asked about this ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton completely shot down the idea.
“I saw people talking about a Plan B, there isn’t a Plan B, it’s complete rubbish,” the Briton said.
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“We are living in a time of the cost cap. To re-do and redesign a car you have to go back to square one, and we don’t have time in the season to do that.
“We will continue to evolve and build the car, and push it to its absolute limit. I know I’ve got the best team behind me to close the gap.
“It’s about finding that performance as fast as we can,” Hamilton concluded.