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‘It’s much better’ – Lewis Hamilton delivers upbeat verdict on Mercedes upgrades ahead of Spanish Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton says he is “super happy” after Mercedes added some crucial upgrades to improve the Silver Arrows car ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Toto Wolff’s team struggled with porpoising in the opening races of the season, wreaking havoc on their hopes of challenging for the constructors’ and drivers’ championships.

Hamilton is a happy man in Spain after Mercedes car upgrades

Ahead of the weekend’s race, Mercedes have made a number of changes including a new floor which Hamilton hopes can lead them to improved performance in the weeks and months to come.

As a result, George Russell will start the Spanish Grand Prix in P4, while Hamilton will start in P6 after qualifying on Saturday.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will start in first place, with defending champion Max Verstappen completing the front of the grid in second. The other Scuderia driver, Carlos Sainz, is third, with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez fifth between Mercedes duo Russell and Hamilton.

But, according to the seven-time world champion, things are looking up for the Silver Arrows after their early season struggles.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 about the upgrades, Hamilton said: “It was positive.

“I’m super happy with the progress, so a big, big thank you to everyone at the factory for not giving up and if we keep pushing we’re not the fastest, but if we keep going.


‘It’s much better’ – Lewis Hamilton delivers upbeat verdict on Mercedes upgrades ahead of Spanish Grand Prix

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The Mercedes car looks much, much stronger in Barcelona

“It’s the first time I’ve driven in the straight without bouncing. There are still some rebounds, but it’s much better and we’re starting to explore the car’s potential.

“It’s still difficult there, but it’s much better than before.

“I’m grateful for the upgrades, now we need to refine them for the next session.

“There is a lot of data to analyze overnight to try to position the car.

“Hopefully we can put him in an even better place for tomorrow so we can keep up with the guys up front.”

Mercedes team boss Wolff added: “Both companies have worked so hard. Brixworth has really gained ground against other unit manufacturers and that’s fantastic to see. I’m really proud.

‘It’s much better’ – Lewis Hamilton delivers upbeat verdict on Mercedes upgrades ahead of Spanish Grand Prix

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Wolff says he’s optimistic they’ll show signs of improvement in the coming weeks

“On the chassis side, we are getting there. We had a solid second Friday like we had in Miami, but we have to see when the grid keeps coming if we’re able to hold that kind of performance and at least be in the mix, or solid in the first three.

“It’s better, but still not for the drivers to feel comfortable at high speed.

“At turn three and turn nine we lose a lot of time and we just need to know what we are going to do there tomorrow.

“There is progress, but no exuberance or ecstasy.”

The Spanish Grand Prix will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday May 22 from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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