Africa-Press – Botswana. Mercedes managed to place its two drivers on the podium for the second consecutive race last Sunday in Hungary. The German team is still one win away, but the W13’s performance has been much closer to rivals Ferrari and Red Bull than at the start of the season.
Driven by the evolution of the car, Lewis Hamilton believes in a triumph in 2022.
“I hope so. We’re working on that. I think this weekend there was potential for a win. George (Russell) took pole. I think if both of us had been up front, we probably would have worked better as One of us would have to support the other in terms of strategy. But I think that if we maintain that performance in the second half of the season, we will definitely fight with them”, said the Briton after the Hungarian GP.
Hamilton had problems with the DRS in qualifying and that’s why he started only in seventh. Even so, he managed to climb the field and finish second, beating Ferrari on the track, something he considered an immense result. But the seven-time champion knows that Mercedes needs to evolve even more to fight with Max Verstappen and Red Bull.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to compete and fight with Ferrari. That’s huge for us. I think the Red Bulls are probably still ahead. The fact that Max (Verstappen) started (tenth), spun and still finishing ten seconds ahead says enough about their car,” said Lewis.
“But I still think we’ve made huge progress. Having that consistency and having finished with double podiums in the last two races gives us great hope and motivation for the second half (of the season)”, concluded the Briton.
Hamilton is already the driver with the second most podiums of the season, with six in total and five in a row. Lewis currently occupies sixth position in the Drivers’ Championship with 146 points. Formula 1 went on vacation after the Hungarian GP and now returns on August 28 for the Belgian GP.