Max Verstappen is worried about Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes ahead of the British Grand Prix.
Any Mercedes enhancements, according to Lewis Hamilton, may not be enough to beat Max Verstappen and Red Bull.
As the Briton prepares for his home Grand Prix next week, Lewis Hamilton believes that any changes Mercedes brings to the British Grand Prix will not be able to “close the gap” on Max Verstappen and Red Bull this season.
Red Bull has made numerous changes over the last three races, including a new front wing, a new floor, a new rear wing, and a new power unit, whereas Mercedes has brought nothing to the races and is already 44 points behind their opponents in the Constructors’ Championship.
Following the Styrian Grand Prix, Hamilton insisted that his team make significant changes if they were to have a chance of keeping up with Red Bull.
To their credit, Mercedes replied by announcing that a few would be introduced over the Silverstone weekend in an attempt to close the gap on Max Verstappen’s 32-point lead in the standings, but the Briton believes it won’t be enough.
“We have a little more coming, but it won’t be enough to close the gap,” the seven-time world champion explained. “As a result, we’ll have to undertake some additional work.
“Obviously, he [Verstappen] is simply sailing around, so there’s not much I can do about it.”
“Wishing for a different race scenario the next time around. However, if you look at their car, it’s literally on rails.”
Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion, agreed with Hamilton, saying on the F1 Nation Podcast: “It’s going to have to be a good bit [that Mercedes bring], it’s going to have to be a bit of a chunk to be able to bring the fight.”
Five of the last six races have been won by Red Bull, with Hamilton’s most recent victory coming in round four of the season in Spain.
Now that the British Grand Prix is in its tenth round, the pendulum appears to have swung heavily in favor of Red Bull.
“We’re miles away from them [Red Bull], so we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Hamilton said after the Austrian Grand Prix. We’ll need all hands on deck, which I’m sure we have.
“They [Red Bull] have definitely brought a lot of modifications over the last few races, while we haven’t. “Brinkwire Summary News” says, “We have to bring some and locate as much performance as possible.”