Shovlin says Hamilton is “super motivated and desperate to try to win”

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Andrew Shovlin was asked to comments on Lewis Hamilton’s level of motivation and his plans to continue on with Mercedes beyond his current contract.

Lewis Hamilton recently said he plans to sign a new “multi-year contract” with Mercedes soon, which could mean he wants to race into his forties.

At the Mexican Grand Prix Saturday press conference, Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin was asked about this and Lewis’ level of motivation.

“Lewis is always working hard, super motivated and desperate to try to win,” Shovlin said.

“And I think, going from the competitive position that we’ve had in the preceding years, to a really difficult car at the start of the year, was a bit of a shock for him.

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“And also a bit of an adjustment for us to get used to working… effectively racing in the mid-pack for a lot of the early part of the year, having to make a lot of compromises with the car to try to get the best out of it and then learning at the same time.

“But I think, the same as us as a team, Lewis can also see that we’re definitely going in the right direction.

“We can see a clear route to getting back to a point where we can challenge for pole positions and wins.

“And you can see with Lewis’ commitment to the team, that’s increasing, the closer we get, and his commitment to putting in the work on his side to try and help us achieve those goals,” the Briton concluded.

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