Even after clinching six constructors’ and drivers’ titles in a row, Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes has “not been perfect”.
Hamilton was asked how he would rate his and Mercedes’ performance in the record breaking 2019 season.
“Probably just on the team side, I think we could say we’ve done 9.6 out of 10 maybe,” said Hamilton
“Just because there’s always room to improve, and we’ve not been perfect all year. We’ve not won every single race, and there are areas we can definitely round up and do better.
“And I think it’s also really important to be critical of yourself always, never say that you’re perfectly happy with the job that you’ve done. You always know there are areas you can improve on, and that’s for all of us.
“For myself, I don’t really ever judge. There’s definitely improvements to be made, that’s for sure.”
Hamilton went on to explain the team’s way of working throughout the season.
“It’s definitely been an incredible season for us.
“When we look back on our performances, which we’ve not done just quite yet, we always take it one race at a time, and look back at one race and move forward.
“There’s not a moment that we think will be perfect, [Race Engineer Pete Bonnington] Bono and I, and Marcus [Dudley, Performance Engineer], continued looking at where we can improve next year, as we’re going to need to, just continue to raise the bar, which is not easy with a season like this.
“[We’re] still striving for perfection, so our goal is to try and do a better year somehow next year, but we have no idea what will come and what obstacles we will be faced with.
“I do think we are the best team we have ever been, the most united group of people that have ever been, and the most focused globally. The best prepared,” concluded the six-time champion.