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‘Biding my time’ – Hamilton’s look forward to faster Mercedes F1 automotive

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The seven-time world champion is enduring a winless drought stretching again to the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the race earlier than he controversially misplaced out on that yr’s world championship to Max Verstappen. 

Verstappen went on to simply declare a second world title in 2022, and his dominance has continued into 2023, with the Dutchman profitable 10 of the 12 races to this point this yr as he fees in the direction of his third world championship. 

Hamilton, in the meantime, has been unable to mount a problem to his nice rival amid a yr and a half of Mercedes’ aggressive struggles. 

The 38-year-old defined that his fixed drive for enchancment is holding him motivated till the time he has a extra aggressive automotive at his disposal. 

“I don’t suppose it’s notably troublesome, as a result of there are at all times areas you may enhance,” Hamilton mentioned when requested the place he finds his drive from. 

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“We’re fine-tuning how we work within the background, we’re consistently attempting to enhance our processes. We’re constantly making changes. 

“It’s bettering communication within the background, ensuring the pinnacle of division are getting the actual data via. 

“And deep-diving onto sure topics, whether or not it’s bouncing, whether or not it’s automotive traits, through-corner stability, all these types of issues. 

“I’ve had extra time to have the ability to deal with that with the crew than ever earlier than. And customarily be much more palms on the course that we’re going with the automotive subsequent yr. 

“And simply ensuring that, once I step away, simply ensuring that I’m mentally in the appropriate place for when the automotive is correct. So holding on to that. 

“Luckily I’ve acquired these different issues that hold me motivated as nicely, which faucet into the entire ecosystem, just like the film for instance. So yeah, I’m simply biding my time.”

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