Lewis Hamilton: “I’m chasing the people that are in the wind tunnel”

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Lewis Hamilton says he is “on a lot of Zoom calls” trying to “rally” the team up, to make sure “we leave no stone unturned”, so that Mercedes can “get in the fight soon”.

After the Australian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton revealed he is doing everything in his power to help Mercedes improve their car as soon as possible.

“There’s a lot of work, and there’ll be a lot of calls, naturally,” the Briton explained.

“I’m on a lot of Zoom calls with all the sponsors and our bosses, really trying to rally them up. We’ve got some improvements that we need to make.

“And we need everyone’s support in doing so, in just making sure we leave no stone unturned. It’s in making sure the hunger is really there and we’re maximizing absolutely every moment.

“I’m chasing the people that are in the wind tunnel, the aero guys, and just looking at absolutely every single area. There’s performance to be gained in areas that we know.

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“And we need it now. Not in two or three races. We all know as a team that we have just got to keep that encouragement and keep that energy high.”

While Lewis remains realistic about Mercedes’ current situation, he also hopes they can “get in the fight soon”.

“I prefer to stay optimistic. There are 20 races to go. If you think realistically, with the way how the sport goes in terms of everyone’s development, the top teams often develop at a similar pace and similar rate.

“Will that be the case with this new car? Who knows? I’m really, really hoping we can get in the fight soon.

“But with every bit of improvement we will probably make, [Ferrari] and Red Bull will probably make a similar sort of step, so it’s not going be easy.

“Yes the gap is pretty big right now, but there is a long way to go,” Hamilton concluded.

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