Lewis Hamilton is having a difficult season, his toughest since joining Mercedes F1. Nonetheless, the seven-time world champion is working hard to fix the W13’s issues.
Often preceded by his teammate George Russell, Hamilton is clearly in charge of the substantive work which consists of experimenting with unorthodox solutions, hoping to find progress. Of course, this experimental work reduces his preparation time each weekend.
“I try a lot of different and experimental things on the car to help us get data to progress” Hamilton said. “You will see today, for example, something relatively extreme. If it doesn’t work, it will definitely be much slower because there is less downforce.”
“But that’s my role and I take that responsibility seriously. And yes, it hasn’t been ideal on some weekends, it’s often set us back because we’ve lost a session or two. It’s okay, because eventually we’ll get there and I’m proud to be part of that process.”
Hamilton wants his team to progress, his teammate to progress, and says he is totally dedicated to the development of Mercedes this year: “I’m working as hard as I can, staying positive, after a tough year.”
“I like to think that I’m the best teammate I’ve ever been, for George, but also for all the engineers, all the mechanics and all the people who work at the factory and who try to maintain the energy of each.”