Sky says Mercedes heads to Belgium “with more optimism than most”

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Sky Sports F1 expects a “seemingly revitalised” Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes to add “more spice to the title run-in”.

As we approach the Belgian Grand Prix, Sky Sports’ Matt Morlidge is very optimistic about Mercedes’ performance this weekend, and in the second half of the 2022 season.

“By their sky-high standards over the last eight years, it has been a well under-par first half of the season for Mercedes, with no race wins, big question marks over their car, and a whopping 127-point title deficit,” Morlidge wrote.

“But still, they probably head into this weekend’s return with more optimism than most.

“That’s because of their recent form, with Mercedes slowly beginning to understand their unpredictable W13 car and thus able to bring upgrades and improvements, and the results have been promising.

“Lewis Hamilton said he is feeling really excited about the second half of the season after finishing P2 at the Hungarian GP.


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“The reigning world champions were in the hunt for the win at the British GP, had a pole chance in Austria, claimed their first double podium of the season in France and repeated that result in Hungary, where they also enjoyed their first pole through George Russell.

“Since their last uncompetitive weekend in Azerbaijan, the team have scored 143 points – compared to Red Bull’s 152 and Ferrari’s 135.

“A more stable car has also seemingly revitalised Lewis Hamilton, who while still behind Russell in the standings has claimed five straight podiums, finishing ahead of his team-mate in all those races.

“Mercedes have promised more upgrades to come in Belgium and their return to contention – which Verstappen has welcomed so they can ‘steal points off Ferrari’ – adds more spice to the title run-in,” the Briton concluded.

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