Lewis Hamilton made an appearance at Silverstone on Thursday accompanied by his loyal companion, Roscoe the dog. Despite Mercedes’ ongoing challenges this season, Hamilton remains resolute, asserting his “100% faith” in the team.
Confirming the statements made by his team principal, Toto Wolff, Hamilton acknowledged that discussions regarding a new contract are progressing towards a resolution. While Hamilton has not secured a victory since the penultimate race of 2021, he remains steadfast in his belief that the team will overcome their current obstacles.
Hamilton, whose current contract expires at the end of this season, expressed that Mercedes’ struggles under the new regulations implemented in Formula 1 in 2022 have not caused him to question his future in the sport.
“The thought of leaving the sport has not crossed my mind because by the end of the season, I will already be deep into the new contract,” Hamilton stated.
Hamilton revealed that Mercedes has planned the introduction of the next step in their upgrade program at the upcoming British Grand Prix. With a record-breaking 480,000 spectators expected to attend the event from Friday to Sunday, Hamilton eagerly awaits the enhancements that will be implemented. He also emphasized his relentless dedication, sharing his recent involvement in meetings with the aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics teams at the factory to discuss plans for next year’s car.
Referring to the contract negotiations, Hamilton concurred with Wolff’s previous comments, affirming that the discussions revolve around factors beyond money, duration, and other related aspects.
During the Austrian Grand Prix, Hamilton’s focus on other drivers prompted Wolff to come on the radio and remind him, “We know the car is bad. Please just drive it.” Hamilton clarified that their relationship remains intact, highlighting their ability to communicate directly with one another. He interpreted Wolff’s message as an attempt to provide encouragement and expressed his intention to adjust his approach in the future.
Amid concerns of a potential demonstration by the Just Stop Oil protesters, Hamilton and Alex Albon expressed their hopes that the grand prix would not be disrupted. Reflecting on the events of the previous year when the campaign group staged a track invasion, Hamilton acknowledged the lessons learned and the additional marshals deployed to prevent a recurrence. While Hamilton supports peaceful protests and shares the group’s goals of mitigating the climate crisis, he stressed the importance of safety and urged any demonstrations to take place off the track.
Brad Pitt’s presence at Silverstone stirred excitement as filming commenced for Apple’s new F1 movie. Pitt, who will be driving a modified Mercedes Formula 2 car for the film, received guidance from Hamilton during preparations to ensure authenticity. Hamilton expressed his nerves and eagerness for the project, emphasizing the desire to capture the essence of the sport and win the audience’s adoration. Dismissing concerns about Pitt’s age, Hamilton praised the actor’s fitness and considered his involvement a remarkable addition to the F1 movie.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mercedes struggles
Q: What is Lewis Hamilton’s stance on Mercedes’ struggles this season?
A: Lewis Hamilton maintains “100% faith” in Mercedes despite their ongoing struggles this season. He believes that with continued work and dedication, the team will overcome their challenges.
Q: Are there any updates on Lewis Hamilton’s contract negotiations with Mercedes?
A: Yes, Lewis Hamilton confirms that discussions regarding a new contract with Mercedes are progressing and moving towards a conclusion. The negotiations are focused on factors beyond money, duration, and other related aspects.
Q: Will Mercedes introduce any upgrades at the British Grand Prix?
A: Yes, Mercedes has planned the introduction of the next step in their upgrade program at the British Grand Prix. This includes an upgrade to the front wing, with additional enhancements to follow in the upcoming races.
Q: How has Lewis Hamilton’s relationship with Toto Wolff been affected by recent radio communication?
A: Lewis Hamilton states that their relationship remains strong and unaffected by recent radio communication. Hamilton interprets Wolff’s comments as an attempt to encourage him and has reviewed his own mindset to make adjustments for the future.
Q: Is there a concern about potential protests at the British Grand Prix?
A: Yes, there is concern about potential protests by the Just Stop Oil group. Lewis Hamilton and others express hopes that the grand prix will not be disrupted, and measures have been taken to enhance security and prevent track invasions.
Q: What role does Brad Pitt play in the F1 movie being filmed?
A: Brad Pitt is involved in Apple’s new F1 movie and will be driving a Formula 2 car modified by Mercedes for filming purposes. He is believed to be portraying a former star who returns to the sport to assist a rising young driver.