Lewis Hamilton says he nonetheless has “100% religion” in Mercedes regardless of their persevering with struggles this season.
However the seven-time champion confirmed his staff boss Toto Wolff’s declare that their discussions over a brand new contract have been shifting in the direction of a conclusion.
“It’s taking longer for us to get the place we wish to be,” stated Hamilton, who has not gained for the reason that penultimate race of 2021.
“I consider we’ll get there. We simply should work and chip away at it.”
Hamilton, whose present contract runs out this season, stated Mercedes’ struggles since new laws have been launched in F1 in 2022 had not made him query whether or not he needed to remain within the sport.
“That is not what I am considering,” stated Hamilton, “as a result of the top of the season I might be already properly into the contract.”
Hamilton stated Mercedes had the subsequent step of their improve programme to be launched at this weekend’s British Grand Prix, the place a report 480,000 spectators are anticipated from Friday to Sunday.
“We have now the improve right here with the entrance wing and can have bits over the next races,” he stated. “It could not come early sufficient. And I’m pushing as arduous as I can. I used to be within the manufacturing facility Tuesday and Wednesday in conferences, with the pinnacle of aerodynamics, automobile dynamics on what’s in thoughts for subsequent yr’s automotive.”
After final weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix Wolff stated negotiations over a brand new contract for Hamilton have been “by no means a cash dialogue, it’s a couple of future and what can we wish to do proper and optimise. We aren’t speaking any extra about period, cash, all of that; it’s different subjects”.
Hamilton confirmed these ideas on Thursday: “That is appropriate.”
And he stated their relationship had not been affected by Wolff approaching the radio in Austria in response to Hamilton’s concentrate on different drivers past him to inform him: “We all know the automotive is dangerous. Please simply drive it.”
Hamilton stated: “The very best factor about our partnership is we could be direct with one another. He was simply making an attempt to encourage me. That was his manner of doing it.
“I’ve reviewed my feedback and the place I used to be at mentally and I’ll make sure that I regulate that for the longer term.”
Fears of a monitor invasion protest
The marketing campaign group staged a monitor invasion on the primary lap of final yr’s race on the Wellington Straight after Flip 4 however its affect was decreased as a result of a heavy accident in the beginning led to an instantaneous pink flag.
Hamilton stated: “We’re actually hoping we have discovered quite a bit from final yr’s expertise and that will not occur this weekend.
“I consider we’ve 100 extra marshals who’re there to be supportive and ensure it does not occur.”
Hamilton repeated that he supported peaceable protest and that he backed the goals of the group in making an attempt to scale back the affect of the local weather disaster. He pointed to F1’s makes an attempt to go net-zero carbon by 2030, which embrace the adoption of sustainable artificial gas in 2026.
“From my perspective and my staff’s we’re very targeted on sustainability,” he stated. “And we consider what individuals are preventing for and we’re making these modifications as a sport. However security is essential and if there was to be (a protest) we hope it isn’t to be on monitor.”
Albon stated: “There’s presumably fairly a excessive probability of one thing taking place and with the game we do it’s fairly an enormous concern, a pitch invasion is one factor however with vehicles it will get a bit extra harmful. We’re but to have assembly with the FIA about what would occur in a circumstance like that however we’ve to be ready for it.”
McLaren’s Lando Norris repeated the idea he expressed on Monday that he supported the goals of the protesters however that he hoped a monitor invasion wouldn’t occur as a result of the potential penalties can be extreme, each for the protesters and any driver concerned.
Brad Pitt begins filming his F1 film
Hollywood star Brad Pitt is at Silverstone as filming begins for Apple’s new F1 film.
The movie crew has its personal storage and Pitt might be driving a Method 2 automotive modified by Mercedes on an empty monitor at instances this weekend for filming functions.
Hamilton has been concerned in preparations for the film, together with making an attempt to make it as genuine as potential, a criticism levelled at earlier motorsport motion pictures.
Hamilton stated: “It’s massively thrilling to know it’s all coming collectively and we’re beginning to movie this weekend. It is nerves as a result of we’ve been engaged on it for therefore lengthy and we wish folks to adore it and (suppose that) we captured what the essence of the game is all about.”
Hamilton revealed that he had frolicked at a monitor in California with Pitt serving to him study race-driving.
Pitt is believed to be taking part in a former star who returns to the game to assist a rising younger driver.
Hamilton dismissed claims that Pitt’s age – the Oscar winner is 59 – was a priority when it got here to realism.
“Brad seems to be like he is growing older backwards,” Hamilton stated. “He seems to be nice for his age and that was an enormous subject once we have been discussing the primary story.
“However he’s super-fit, he has been coaching. On the finish of the day, it is a film, so there might be a Hollywood component to it.
“Brad is such an iconic actor and has all the time completed such an unbelievable job. I am unable to inform you how excited I’m to have Brad Pitt within the F1 film.”