Lewis Hamilton is aware of “precisely what he desires” from his Mercedes automotive in 2023

Lewis Hamilton has outlined the affect he’s attempting to exert upon subsequent yr’s Mercedes automotive – within the hope it proves to be an enchancment on the W13.

The seven-time former World Champion and his team-mate George Russell have been removed from fully comfortable, to say the least, with the present Mercedes challenger.

The porpoising, bouncing, bottoming W13 has met all or any of these descriptions this season and consequently outcomes have been means beneath anticipated – Hamilton completed within the prime two for the primary time in 2022 when runner-up on the French Grand Prix final day out.

The 37-year-old Briton is 16 factors behind Russell within the World Championship and 106 adrift of his 2021 title rival Max Verstappen, who’s on target to retain the crown.

Consideration is starting to show in the direction of 2023, not solely at Mercedes however within the improvement places of work of all groups, and Hamilton says he’s passing on his opinions about how a extra appropriate automotive could be produced.

“We’re continuously simply studying extra about this automotive, so all the pieces I’m engaged on with… you recognize, again on the manufacturing unit, within the debriefs, attempting to articulate how we’re feeling within the automotive and the issues we wish for subsequent yr,” Hamilton informed reporters after ending second to Verstappen at Paul Ricard.

“Simply with my time right here, over time, I really feel I’m capable of…I do know precisely what I would like within the automotive for subsequent yr that essentially issues can’t change, which might be too huge to vary right here with a value cap this yr, so I’m capable of, forward of time, say these are the issues I would like in subsequent yr’s automotive.

“So these issues I believe are being taken into consideration and while we proceed to try to dial this automotive in, in fact little by little, as we go into these subsequent weeks, the following couple of months, the complete focus will in all probability be into subsequent yr’s automotive.”

Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes’ trackside engineering director, has additionally given an perception into how consideration will shift to the 2023 automotive over the second half of this yr.

“It’s a gradual mix of sources into W13 drifting downwards and [W]14 drifting up,” defined Shovlin. “We want some readability on the rules, whether or not they’ll change, earlier than you’d make a very huge shift. However each staff may have began some work on subsequent yr.

“We should study to know what we wish to do for subsequent yr and attempt to get the automotive again to the entrance.”



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