Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton agree on what Mercedes must do to catch Max Verstappen.
In order to catch the in-form Red Bull in their Formula One title fight, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas think Mercedes must update their car.
Both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas agree that Mercedes’ W12 needs to be upgraded if they are to close the gap on title challengers Red Bull. On Sunday, Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix, putting him 32 points ahead of defending champion Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship.
The Dutchman is in excellent form heading into the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, having won four of the previous five races, with teammate Sergio Perez taking first place in the other.
Hamilton is aiming for a record-breaking eighth world title this season, but Mercedes’ Formula One hegemony is being put to the test for the first time in the sport’s turbo hybrid engine era.
F1 will take a weekend break before returning on July 18 at Silverstone, but Hamilton and Bottas both believe the Silver Arrows will need to add some new pieces to their machinery to catch up to Red Bull.
At the Red Bull Ring, Verstappen strolled to victory, much to the joy of the legion of orange-clad Dutch spectators in the grandstands.
“I think the whole race was fairly strong,” Bottas told Sky Sports F1 after the race. I believe that starting fifth and finishing second was the absolute maximum we could achieve today.
“At the very least, we might be able to score some points against Red Bull. Max was clearly out of reach, but everything else was fine.
“Without a doubt, they’ve been faster on this track. As a group, we’ve managed to reduce the harm. In the last two races, we haven’t had a huge points deficit, which is exactly what we hoped to avoid.
“We must consider the big picture. We must upgrade the vehicle and increase its straight-line speed. The car needs to be more aerodynamically efficient.
“Silverstone, we’ll have some new parts, and maybe that’ll put us in a better position to battle them. It’s a different direction.
“This was a fantastic track for Red Bull. Let’s see what happens. I can assure you that we’ll put in a lot of effort.”
Hamilton echoed his teammate’s sentiments, insisting that changes are required if he is to reclaim the championship from Verstappen. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”