With Red Bull now 44 points ahead of Mercedes and Max Verstappen 32 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton, the German team is in desperate need of a good result at the British Grand Prix.
This fact is clear to Lewis Hamilton, who says the team needs to make sure they win Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying race and the main race on Sunday.
“We need to win both races at the end of the day,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.
“It’s not just the first one, it’s the second too. But, again, that’s going to be difficult. Do we have the single [lap] pace that they have?
“Unlikely, but we could be surprised [in qualifying]. Who knows? I’m trying to stay hopeful and positive.
“I’m really proud of all the men and women back at the factory who have worked so hard to bring this upgrade here. It’s a step in the right direction and I just hope that we can capitalise on it.”
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Lewis later told Sky F1 pundit Jenson Button that Mercedes is doing everything in their power to close the gap to Red Bull.
“I’m enjoying this season probably more than most because we’ve got that challenge we had at the beginning of the year, and it’s bringing me and the team closer.
“It’s tough, man, and we love the challenge. Of course, the last few races we would have loved to have closer racing with the Red Bulls; the ones we had at the beginning of the year were awesome.
“But we’re working as hard as we can, we are literally trying to make sure we leave no stone unturned.
“From a driver’s point of view, I’m trying to push the boundaries on my training, my mental approach, how I am as a friend, as a son and a team-mate to the guys I’m working with.
“I hope in these next races, that can really show,” concluded the Briton.