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Lewis Hamilton Max Verstappen Source: PlanetF1

Lewis Hamilton’s recent performance at the United States Grand Prix showed how Mercedes’ latest improvements boosted his confidence, even though a post-race disqualification tempered his excitement. In this article, we’ll explore the importance of these upgrades and how they affect Hamilton’s driving. We’ll also take a closer look at the data, highlighting the different ways Mercedes and Red Bull are working on their cars.

Lewis Hamilton Feels Better After Recent Team Efforts

Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time Formula 1 World Champion, has been dealing with a challenging W14 car throughout the 2023 season. One of the main problems has been how the car handles fast turns. However, recent improvements have given Hamilton a much-needed boost in confidence. Mercedes introduced a new version of the car’s floor design at the United States Grand Prix in Austin. This showed their commitment to making the car perform better, not only in the final races of 2023. It was also about learning important lessons for next year’s model.

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton walks back to the pits at the Qatar Grand Prix. Planet F1

Hamilton was clearly feeling better as he explained, “Definitely, I think the progress we made this weekend has given me a bit more confidence in the car, especially when I’m going into turns.” This improved confidence, although his disqualification overshadowed it, is a positive sign for Mercedes as they work on solving some fundamental issues with their car. When Hamilton discussed the upgrades to the car’s floor in Austin, he meant that they not only improved how the back of the car sticks to the track. These upgrades also made him feel more confident. This double effect shows how car performance and a driver’s trust in their car are closely connected.

Different Approaches to Development: Mercedes vs. Red Bull

The second piece of data shows that Mercedes and Red Bull have different plans when it comes to car development. Red Bull has already won both Formula 1 titles this year. They haven’t made more upgrades to their car, the RB19. On the other hand, Mercedes keeps working on its W14 to understand it better and prepare for the W15 in 2024. In Austin, Mercedes added a new floor to the W14, and it worked well for Hamilton. He did great in both qualifying and the Sprint race. However, Max Verstappen, Red Bull’s top driver, faced some challenges in Austin, and he didn’t have the usual advantage. This shows that even without new upgrades, Red Bull remains strong.

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Hamilton acknowledged this by saying, “We are making our car better with upgrades, but they [Red Bull] are not doing much, and they are still winning races. That’s impressive, and we have a lot of work to do.” Despite Lewis Hamilton getting disqualified in the United States Grand Prix, the upgrades to his Mercedes made a significant difference. They boosted his confidence and performance. These upgrades aren’t just about winning this year but also preparing for the next season. The difference in approach between Mercedes and Red Bull sets the stage for an exciting Formula 1 season ahead.