Lewis Hamilton doubts the upgrade Mercedes have planned for the next round of the world championship will be enough to close the gap to Red Bull.Max Verstappen after finishing fourth in yesterday’s Austrian Grand Prix.
“These past races have been difficult and obviously he’s pretty much just cruising ahead, so there’s not really much I can do about that,” Hamilton said.
Red Bull have brought a series of aerodynamic upgrades to their car during the season. Mercedes is bringing a further development to its car at the British Grand Prix, though team principal Toto Wolff has said it will not be a major change.
“We have a little bit coming, but it’s not going to close the gap enough,” said Hamilton. “So we’ve got to do some more work.”
Having dominated the 2020 season, Mercedes have found themselves under fierce pressure from Red Bull this year. Hamilton has made regular visits to the team’s factory to contribute to the team’s development efforts, and is hopeful for a more competitive showing at his home race in two weeks’ time.
“I’m praying for a different scenario in the next race,” he said. “But you look at their car, it’s just on rails.
“We’re giving it absolutely everything this past two weeks, I’ve been to the factory each week trying to extract as much as I can from the car.
“Our car just doesn’t go well here for some reason. I really hope that it does in these next ones.”
The two teams were more closely matched in the opening rounds of the championship, said Hamilton, but Red Bull have pulled ahead over recent rounds.
“It’s a shame it’s not as close as it was at the beginning of the year, but that’s the way it is.
“We’ve still got a lot of races ahead of us so we just have to just keep our heads down and just keep plugging away.”
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