Lewis Hamilton called on his Mercedes team to step up and find solutions together as they battle to rein in Red Bull.
Max Verstappen reeled off his third win in a row at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday and has opened a big gap at the top of the driver’s championship. Hamilton finished in fourth and wants to see more from his team. “We are miles away from [Red Bull]. We need all hands on deck,” he said.
After the Austrian GP, he posted on Instagram: “It is times like these that we must stay vigilant, focused and determined. Giving up is never an option. We fight til the end.
“I want to thank all that came today to support me and my team, for travelling all this way. I am truly grateful and want to send you love and positive energy. These past 5 races have been hard but I stay positive with the belief I have in my team that we will fight back. Onto the next one.”
The Briton called on his team to improve their Mercedes W12 after losing out to Verstappen in the Styrian Grand Prix, and one week later he reiterated those calls.
“We need to improve; I mean if you look at Max today, two stops, and he was 18 seconds in the lead. They’ve added so much performance, clearly, and we’ve got a lot of work to try and do in order to try and close that gap,” said Hamilton.