Lewis Hamilton demanded courageous decisions from Mercedes in the fight back to old strength. They are in a process in this respect, the seven-time Formula 1 world champion emphasized at the press conference for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The first time he drove the new car, he re-evaluated his own goals for the season, said Hamilton, who actually wanted to win his eighth world title this year and thus become the sole record champion in the premier motorsport class.
"Obviously it's a shock at first when you realize the car isn't what it should be," Hamilton said in the paddock at the Dishidda Corniche Circuit. But it doesn't really change his motivation. Just redirect them, said the 38-year-old, who had managed the 103rd and last Grand Prix victory two years ago at the premiere of Formula 1 in Saudi Arabia.
"Will Win Again"
It is now about strengthening the team and supporting each individual. "But the Red Bulls don't have to finish, the Ferraris and maybe the Aston Martins too for us to win at the moment," he said. But that doesn't mean they can't catch up. However, Hamilton also assumes that defending champion Red Bull with opening winner and two-time world champion Max Verstappen has not yet shown the real speed of the new car.
He will win again, Hamilton assured, it will only take a while. It also happens that you don't agree with all team members, but Mercedes is his family and he has one hundred percent trust in the team. "I've been here a long time and don't go anywhere else," said the Brit, who has been driving for the German works team since 2013 and whose current contract ends after this season.