Lewis Hamilton reveals ‘full focus’ with new Mercedes prediction teased

Sam Cooper
Lewis Hamilton walks down stairs. Baku April 2023.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has now gone two years without a victory in F1.

Lewis Hamilton has revealed his “full focus” is on securing P2 in the Constructors’ Championship for Mercedes.

Red Bull confirming their retention of their title seems a matter of when not if, with them enjoying a 229-point lead at the top of the table but while their position may be secured, behind the runaway leaders it is a different story.

Mercedes currently occupy P2 but are only 39 points ahead of Aston Martin who are in turn 17 ahead of Ferrari. With 11 races to go, that could all change but Hamilton is confident his team can hold on to their spot.

Lewis Hamilton aiming for P2 after world title dream vanished

An accomplished driver like Hamilton is never going to be satisfied with runner up and while his hunt for a record eighth title looks likely to have to wait another year, he is now focusing on a different objective.

“To be fighting for the World Championship,” he replied to media including PlanetF1.com when asked what his original goal for the season was. “That’s always the goal.

“But it was [also] just to be in a much better position than we were last year. That wasn’t the case.

“With all the amazing work that goes on through winter, we kind of started further behind. So it’s been a big, steep, uphill climb.

“My full focus [now] is to try and secure second for the team. I think for everyone back at the factory, that will be huge for them and whilst we can’t currently catch the Red Bulls, I think that’s going to put us in position for next year.”

As for the matter of winning a single race, Hamilton said his team was not capable of doing so now but did not rule out challenging at a later date.

“At the moment, I’m not quite sure we can currently compete with Red Bull on pace.

“I mean, there were times in the last race [where] Max [Verstappen] was eight tenths faster than everyone on a single lap but never say never.”

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Hamilton also said he was hopeful Mercedes could make the “big steps” that Red Bull and McLaren have this year.

“As a driver, you’re constantly battling the inconsistencies and balance but we are flat out trying to improve,” he said. “We’re working a lot to analyse where we are and what we can do to try and make those big steps like some of the others, like Red Bull and McLaren.

“[I am] hopeful and have all the faith in the world that we will eventually get there.”

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