Lewis Hamilton had denied on the Thursday of the Silverstone weekend that the improve package deal Mercedes had delivered to the monitor could be a “huge replace”. However after going quickest in qualifying, earlier than claiming his eighth British Grand Prix victory, Hamilton admitted that he’d been “impressed” by the turnaround in efficiency Mercedes’ modifications had wrought on the W12.
On Friday, Hamilton was in a position to go quickest in qualifying, extending Mercedes’ document to 10 occasions of taking P1 in qualifying at Silverstone. And despite losing out to Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen within the first ever Dash, Hamilton was then ready to make use of supreme race tempo – following his controversial collision with Verstappen – to beat Charles Leclerc within the British Grand Prix for his eighth victory.
And it was an enchancment in type that left Hamilton suitably impressed by his personal Mercedes staff’s exhausting work.
“To see an improve come and us get again within the struggle and be comparatively shut [to Red Bull] and to even be capable to qualify forward was actually, actually superb,” mentioned Hamilton after his 99th Grand Prix victory. “I used to be impressed by what the staff introduced.
“Actually it’s been such a tough yr, one I’ve completely loved,” Hamilton went on. “I’ve liked this battle but it surely’s an emotional rollercoaster, because it at all times is inside a championship. I used to be actually having fun with these first 4 races the place it was shut because it was this weekend. Then we noticed them take that step forward and I might say we’ve positively made some errors as a staff however simply additionally misplaced a little bit of efficiency.
“Did I feel that we’d be again within the title struggle? Jeez, I don’t know. I prayed and hoped for it however I believed that it could be an extended slog to try to regain any of the factors however we’re now nearer; [Max] remains to be fairly just a few factors forward however the race is on.”
As Hamilton talked about, his first-lap collision with Verstappen, which noticed the Dutchman retire from the race, meant the seven-time champion moved to inside eight points of Verstappen, having been 32 behind at the beginning of the weekend – whereas with Crimson Bull failing to attain in any respect within the British Grand Prix, Mercedes now sit simply four points behind.
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And Hamilton added that he was happy with how his staff had approached being on the again foot to Crimson Bull, having endured a five-race winless streak between Monaco and the Austrian Grand Prix that was unprecedented for Mercedes within the turbo-hybrid period.
“You understand, I’ve been giving it my all this previous week,” mentioned Hamilton, who opted to have a rare outing in Mercedes’ simulator on Friday morning forward of Free Observe 1.
“I’ve been within the manufacturing facility and simply giving it completely the whole lot attempting to uncover efficiency with this automobile, with the fellows and I’m simply so happy with everybody for simply persevering with to work, though we’ve had a little bit of deficit.”