Lewis Hamilton will be finally working hard over the next few days to help Mercedes find more performance in their W13 F1 car to help capitalise on the fortuitous position the team finds itself in; with lead driver George Russell and the Mercedes team both in second place to Charles Leclerc and Ferrari in the championships. The British seven time champion has been asked to plan for sessions in the team’s simulator at Brackley to support the effort.
Last year, Lewis Hamilton revealed that he did very little driving in the team’s simulator, just 20 laps a year since joining Mercedes, with the seven-time world champion preferring to leave that work to the team’s test drivers and concentrate on driving on the track at Grand Prix weekends. But Hamilton’s approach has been requested to change somewhat, and Hamilton will now have to take time out of his busy jet set schedule to use the simulator to find performance.
The seven-time world champion has been told that Mercedes will need the support and work of everyone in the team and will therefore be in the Mercedes simulator ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, round four of the 2022 F1 world championship. For this reason, Hamilton’s rhetoric has now changed to a more positive stance.
“We need to make improvements and we need everyone’s support to achieve this,” admitted Hamilton,
“We just need to make sure we don’t neglect any effort and maximise absolutely every moment. So there are a lot of meetings with the wind tunnel people and the aero guys, we’re looking at all areas,” Hamilton said after the Australian Grand Prix.
“There is performance to be gained in all areas and we need it now, not in two or three races. As a team we just need to keep that drive going, keep that energy high and I’ll be in the simulator preparing for the next race.”
Ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton sits fifth in the drivers’ championship, two points behind Sergio Perez.