Today, at a pre-event media session in Austria, Lewis Hamilton spoke about his experience last weekend in the British GP, he feels like Mercedes – AMG Petronas is finally seeing some consistency in the car: “It was a positive thing for us as a team to start seeing consistency in the car and to see us making progress.”
The Mercedes driver mentioned that at the beginning of the season, he really had doubts on the car’s performance. “at the beginning of the year I wasn’t sure if we were going to win in this car, that’s not what we like to think but that it was what I was feeling.”
However, the British driver did mention that the car’s improvement started at the Spanish GP and that he has seen it gotten better even since:
“It was a good step in Barcelona, but then we had several difficult races following it. And then we just had this last race, the last two races, which were quite strong, and that’s really encouraged us that we're moving in the right direction, that there really is potential in the car.
“With a little bit more digging and a little bit more hard work, hopefully we can get closer to having a chance to win a race.
“So I truly believe we can get a race win this year.”
The number 44, also referred to the British GP as a race where they needed some things to align in order to be able to win the race:
“In Silverstone there was definitely potential to win the race, but with the current performance we are not at the same level as the two cars and the two teams ahead, we needed everything to align, so we needed that safety car at the end and we needed not to lose time in the pitstops.”
Facing the remaining of the 2022 season, Hamilton is feeling more confident, but he acknowledges that the car still has some room for improvement.
“I think we will struggle in Austria. It is hard to win here knowing the combination of corners but not impossible, I’m hoping we will be surprised tomorrow (at the FP1 & 2) but I might be wrong; I’m staying hopeful.”
After the halo played such an important role this past weekend at the British GP, and the accidents taking a huge spotlight on the race, the 37-year-old was asked about the his opinion on the safety measures the FIA has put into place.
“The FIA has done an incredible job over these decades to improve safety."
While speaking about the halo, Hamilton said: “It saved my life last year, it’s saved several drivers lives.”
“We weren’t always supportive to the initiative because of how it looked, but it was a 17% improvement in safety and we couldn’t ignore that so, gratefully we have that today."
Despite all the measures that have improved safety in the sport, the Mercedes driver admits: that “There are still areas of improvement” referring on how Zhou’s car jumped the barrier and how the Chinese driver got stuck in the car because of it: “Sometimes these experiences are what open up our eyes to how much more we can improve.”
The British man did not lose his chance of mentioning that these accidents are “also a reminder to those who are watching that this is a dangerous sport” and to remind people that drivers should not be taking for granted and are always exposed in the car