Lewis Hamilton, the celebrated Formula 1 driver, has expressed gratitude and admiration for the latest improvements made to his Mercedes car, yet remained candid about areas needing further refinement.
Feeling the Thrill of Progress
Hamilton did not shy away from expressing his appreciation for the dedicated team at Mercedes, attributing the enhancements on the track to their tireless efforts.
"I want to say a big, big thank you to everyone back in the factory, because to build, design and develop a car is not an easy thing, and everyone has put in so much time and so many hours of hard work to have us here today," Hamilton said, exhibiting a sense of shared achievement.
The driver seemed satisfied with the overall performance of the upgraded vehicle during the initial test drive. "It's not the place to ultimately test an upgrade, but the car was generally feeling good," he commented. Despite some distance from the optimal outcome he'd hoped for, Hamilton acknowledged the strides made thus far, stating, "I'm glad we were able to keep it on track for them, and I think we got a lot of data."
The Pursuit of Optimal Performance
In addressing specific areas of improvement, Hamilton was secretive, stating, "There is, I'm not going to say where!
But there is, and it's very clear where the lack is, lack of performance is for me." Although he chose not to pinpoint where his car was deficient, the driver remained committed to pursuing excellence. "We'll talk about that in the debrief.
We'll put our heads together, and try and figure out how we can do that within what we have," he continued. This statement conveyed a sense of relentless pursuit for progress within the team. While he had reservations about his ability to secure pole position at the upcoming Monaco race, Hamilton was optimistic about his prospects for improvement, saying, "In this session, we were close to half a second off I think, maybe that could have been three-tenths maybe, but I don't think we have half a second in the bag. We'll see. We'll work on it, and see if we can get some more out tonight."
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