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Lewis Hamilton pinpoints rear-end of W14 F1 automobile as key space for Mercedes to work on | F1

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Mercedes have made incremental positive factors since revamping their 2023 challenger with a significant improve in Monaco, although they proceed to lag behind runaway leaders Purple Bull, who’ve gained all 12 races up to now. 

With improvement now largely shifting on to their 2024 automobile, Mercedes are centered on studying as a lot as doable about their W14 to extract all of its potential within the second half of the yr. 

When requested what studying nonetheless must be achieved, the seven-time world champion mentioned: “We’re all the time studying increasingly more in regards to the traits. 

“The air stream, how the automobile is working in cross winds, the way it works within the high-, medium-, and sluggish corners, how you’re employed with the tyres, high-speed, excessive downforce, mid downforce, low downforce setting. 

“So that you’re consistently studying, it’s consistently knowledge being delivered and analysed. And I’m studying extra each time we get within the automobile, we’re studying extra about how we use the tires, we’re studying extra about how we will use the engine in another way and the way we will use gasoline.” 

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Pressed on whether or not there’s a particular space that wants specific focus, Hamilton replied: “I might assume extra rear-end, they’ve to determine how to try this.” 

Mercedes presently sit second within the constructors’ championship and Hamilton reckons holding onto that place come the tip of the season could be a “big achievement” for the group. 

“I feel it’s an enormous achievement, and I feel it’s one thing that I really feel has been a bit of bit neglected, if I’m actually sincere,” he confused. 

“Extra focusing I assume, solely as a result of we wish to win, there hasn’t I might say been probably the most constructive narrative. However I’m actually pleased with the group, the progress and the steps we now have taken with the automobile, from feeling like an virtually equivalent automobile to final yr, to creating all of the adjustments that we now have. 

“There are some small changes we’re making shifting forwards over these subsequent couple of races. We’ve some small bits added to the automobile this weekend, each level of downforce, each little bit that we had makes a distinction. 

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“So I’m tremendous grateful to everybody again on the manufacturing facility for persevering with to push, even by way of the exhausting instances, and simply staying centered figuring out that we’ll, with the assumption that we’ll get there sooner or later. Simply to maintain [churning] away the great work. 

“For us to be second within the constructors’ championship, contemplating how others have began this yr, like how McLaren are doing with their massive turnaround, Aston who got here out of the blocks actually nice, I feel it’s fairly superb, and that’s all the way down to all these superb folks again on the manufacturing facility, and the crew that we now have right here. Additionally the driving force’s doing not a foul job! 

“And you recognize, my aim is to strive and ensure the group maintain that second place within the championship, and try to search out second within the drivers’ championship, that’s my aim.”

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