Lewis Hamilton is focused on ‘doing a better job with what he has got’

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Lewis Hamilton says he wishes “that all the cars were a lot closer”, but he’s currently focused on “trying to do a better job with what we have got”.

The F1 world has been hoping that the new 2022 rules would make racing a lot closer, but it has not been the case so far.

Max Verstappen is currently so far ahead of everyone in the championship standings, that it’s virtually impossible for anyone to catch up to him in the last six races of the season.

Lewis Hamilton says he wishes the field was closer, but his focus now is on doing whatever he can to improve Mercedes’ performance.

“We would love to be in that battle fighting,” the Briton said, quoted by ESPN.

“And I wish that all the cars were a lot closer and we were all having a much better battle closer to the front. I wish there was only tenths of a second between all of us, you know?

“But that’s not the way our sport is. So I don’t worry about that, it’s not something I can control at the moment. I just focus on what I can and that is trying to do a better job with what we have got.

“My worry, what is keeping me up at night is: what have I left out? Who do I need to speak to at the track? How can I support my engineers? In the aero department, how can I support them to make better choices for the next car?

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“When I damage the car, I take money away from the budget and I’m like, ‘Oh, God! Don’t’ do that!’

“And so that’s really what I’ve been focusing on and I’m hoping when we come back in February next year, the car touches the ground and it does what we hope it does.”

Asked how he is dealing with the change in mindset, brought on by Mercedes’ performance issues, Lewis said:

“With great difficulty. But I think it’s really just about taking time to sit back, reflect and figure out what you can do better.

“As athletes, we’re super determined, we don’t like to lose, we don’t like to fail, failure is not an option. But sometimes you do, and that’s part of the process.

“It’s then about how you then don’t beat yourself up, it’s how you take it on, put it on your back and use it as experience to power forward.

“But it’s not easy. It could take you one day, it could take you five minutes, it could take you multiple days,” the Briton concluded.

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