Lewis Hamilton: “We’ve been working flat out these past few days”

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes has been working around the clock to improve their performance after losing out to Red Bull at the French Grand Prix.

Mercedes has lost out to Red Bull cleanly at the French Grand Prix, and now the team is doing everything it can to be able to strike back at the Styrian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton says the team has been working “flat out” to improve performance.

“We’ve been working flat out these past few days, Day 1 is always about recovery,” the Briton said at the Styrian Grand Prix Thursday press conference.

“But there’s been a lot of Zooms, a lot of calls, everyone in the team, it’s been really inspiring and encouraging to see everyone just flat out, everyone just leaving no stone unturned.

“And I got to be at the factory yesterday. So again, just good to speak to the team. And just continue to encourage them to keep pushing, because that’s what we’re all doing.

“We need everyone to bring their A-game this year to be able to fight these Red Bulls.”

Hamilton was then asked if his team has found the answers they were looking for regarding their performance.

“I wouldn’t say necessarily we get the answers always that we’re looking for. I think definitely, more and more, we have more information I would say coming here.

“And I hope we’ll find out tomorrow if, hopefully if it’s dry, the things that we found are pushing us in the right direction. But it’s so many elements, it’s not just one thing.

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“If you look at the last race, there was lots and lots of areas that we lost position. And if we’d done some things differently, potentially could have had a different outcome.

“So we just look at our processes and how we communicate, how we deliver and hopefully we can implement them here.”

Red Bull now sits ahead of Mercedes in both the drivers’ and the constructors’ championship standings, however the seven-time champion refused to acknowledge Mercedes was now on the back foot.

“I think that’s a negative way to approach any race is to think that you’re on the backfoot. So we know how strong they are.

“We’ve obviously got three long straights here. You see how much time they’ve taken out of us on the straights in the last race. That could be the same here. We will wait and see.

“But no, we come here with an optimistic approach. What we’ve learned in the last race, what we’ve learned since then, just in these three days, hopefully will help us take a small step forwards.

“Even if it’s 0.01 percent, that’s a step in the right direction,” concluded Hamilton.

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