Lewis Hamilton: “We’re not developing like we have in the past”

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Lewis Hamilton says there’s a car development direction he wanted to go in, but couldn’t because Mercedes is “focused on next year’s car”.

A lot has been said about Mercedes decision to stop developing their current car early on in the season and switch focus to their 2022 challenger and the new Formula 1 rules.

Lewis Hamilton thinks this is the reason why Red Bull has been able to remain stronger throughout the season.

“I was hoping for a bit of a stronger second half, but up until now they’ve just been too strong,” the Briton told Sky Sports.

“They’ve been so strong in so many races. I mean, look, [Verstappen] was already sixth or seventh from last at the last race by Lap 20, which shows how strong the car is, so we have to face that.

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“They have developed for longer than us this year, they’ve brought more upgrades… I think they brought upgrades to every race to a point.

“I don’t know if they still are, but we haven’t brought an upgrade since Silverstone. So we’re just trying to maximise what we have, and that’s the challenge, but we’re giving everything we can.”

As a matter of fact Lewis reveals that this decision by Mercedes prevented him from pursuing a car development direction that he wanted to go in.

“We’re not developing like we have in the past. There’s a direction I wanted to go, but we can’t because we were focused on next year’s car,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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