Hamilton says Mercedes’ performance is a “great, great sign” for 2023

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After Mercedes’ magnificent 1-2 at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell talk about what the W13’s performance means for 2023.

After a difficult 2022 season, Mercedes managed to win its first race of 2022, and it was a 1-2 victory!

At the post Sao Paulo Grand Prix press conference, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were asked if the W13’s performance can be “a good sign about the development of the car for the next year”?

“Definitely is a great, great sign,” Lewis said.

“For a long, long period of time, we can really, truly understand what the problem was or how to fix it.

“And it was difficult, because we kept trying and trying and trying and every time something new came, we still had the problems we had.

“So this is really, really huge. We know where our North Star is, we know where we need to put all our efforts in to this winter.

“And yeah, I’m so proud of the team for all the incredible hard work, we wouldn’t be able to be up here today without them,” Hamilton concluded.

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Russell then gave his thoughts on what he expects for the final race in Abu Dhabi, and also his expectations for 2023.

“Going into Abu Dhabi, I think, [Mercedes’ pace] will probably be similar to… my gut is saying similar to Ferrari,” George said.

“I think maybe a small step behind Red Bull. I think the last two races have been quite slow-speed circuits and that’s where we’ve sort of excelled this this season.

“But the progress we’ve made as a team has just been unbelievable. And since Austin, we’ve, as a team fought for victory, or had the possibility for victory, every single race.

“So, the boost it’s given all of us and the confidence it’s given everybody back at the factory… as I said yesterday, the factory is going to be pumping over the winter.

“And we’re going to be given everything we’ve got to come out in that very first test with a car that that can compete from race one,” Russell concluded.

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