Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes has made progress after topping Friday afternoon follow for the Austrian Grand Prix, however expects Pink Bull to have extra in hand to point out on Saturday.
Pink Bull dominated the primary race on the Pink Bull Ring final weekend, with Max Verstappen taking pole place and a snug victory to provide his staff its fourth win in a row. Hamilton predicted there was 1 / 4 of a second distinction between the 2 groups on that event, and whereas he believes Mercedes has taken a step ahead on Friday for the second race on the similar venue — the place he was over 0.2s away from Verstappen — he says Pink Bull nonetheless holds a bonus.
“I imply, they’ve positively received one thing further of their bag, I already know that,” Hamilton mentioned. “I feel we’ve made some small progress at this time, however I feel they nonetheless have the 2 tenths or possibly it’s a tenth and a half, one thing like that.
“We’ve positively made some small steps ahead however not sufficient to shut the 2 tenths. However over a single lap, that felt OK and I simply count on them to show up somewhat bit extra tomorrow.
“They’ve virtually principally received the qualifying mode that we used to have and I requested the blokes, ‘I don’t perceive the place they get it from.’ However it’s spectacular and we’ve started working laborious to attempt to see if we are able to match it tonight.
“I’m fairly certain it stays the identical — no matter hole they’re going to have tomorrow is normally the hole they appear to have on the Sunday, however we’ll be pushing, attempting to make that hole as small as doable and if we are able to enhance the automotive in any respect tonight, then nice. I want to assume that our long term was OK — I’m going to must go and take a look now.”
Hamilton has been spending extra time within the simulator in current weeks with the intention to attempt to discover any method of closing the hole to Pink Bull, regardless of not liking the gear. And he says the setup he began the weekend with based mostly on the simulator work proved to be the fallacious one.
“What I realized within the sim was what we began with and it wasn’t good, so we needed to come again on a couple of modifications. There are a few issues that I attempted on the finish, which we have been going to make use of, take a look at, whereas we’re right here however there’s simply not sufficient time, so I feel that’s been the optimistic. Aside from that, I’ve been attempting issues that I didn’t attempt within the sim.”