Lewis Hamilton: I'm really, really hoping we can get in the fight soon

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Lewis Hamilton: I'm really, really hoping we can get in the fight soon

Porpoising issues are still a major problem at Mercedes and will have to work hard if they want to solve the problem and be competitors. Hamilton believes that everyone must work together and improve a car that currently cannot be at the top.

A difficult season awaits them. "There's a lot of work, and there'll be a lot of calls, naturally," said Hamilton before the Imola, as quoted by motorsport. "I'm on a lot of Zoom calls with all the sponsors and our bosses, really trying to rally them up.

"We've got some improvements that we need to make. And we need everyone's support in doing so, in just making sure we leave no stone unturned. "It's in making sure the hunger is really there and we're maximizing absolutely every moment."

Lewis is totally focused on solving a problem that has been frustrating him for a long time. Revenge for Abu Dhabi is also a huge motive, but Hamilton will not be able to improve on his own. Everyone needs to be involved in the work.

"I'm chasing the people that are in the wind tunnel, the aero guys, and just looking at absolutely every single area," he said. "There's performance to be gained in areas that we know. "And we need it now.

Not in two or three races. We all know as a team that we have just got to keep that encouragement and keep that energy high."

Lewis Hamilton on his rivals

Hamilton is optimistic but also aware that it will not be easy in addition to the competition, which is the biggest in the last few years.

Ferrari impressed us all, and they showed that they can fight for the top again. But of course, there’s also Red Bull which is a well-known name, and probably a top favorite alongside Ferrari. "I prefer to stay optimistic" he said.

"There are 20 races to go. If you think realistically, with the way how the sport goes in terms of everyone's development, the top teams often develop at a similar pace and similar rate. Will that be the case with this new car? Who knows? "I'm really, really hoping we can get in the fight soon.

But with every bit of improvement we will probably make, [Ferrari] and Red Bull will probably make a similar sort of step, so it's not going be easy. Yes the gap is pretty big right now. But there is a long way to go."