Mercedes: Hamilton ‘as committed as anyone’ to finding an advantage

Mercedes technical director James Allison says Lewis Hamilton has doubled his efforts to help his team improve its performance and bridge the gap to championship leader Red Bull.

Mercedes’ fourth defeat in a row admitted its rival, and Max Verstappen last weekend in Styria has forced the Brackley team to regroup and dig into an attempt to free up more speed from its W12 and try to keep the Red Bulls RB16B on a short leash .

Allison revealed last weekend that, contrary to team leader Toto Wolff’s initial comments, Mercedes would bring updates to its W12 and also work to improve the power unit’s energy management.

But Hamilton is also doing his part and saving no effort to help his team and himself. As a testament to the seven-time world champion’s determination, the Briton recently spent many hours in Mercedes’ simulator in Brackley, something the 98-time Grand Prix winner has rarely done in the past.

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“He wants to drive a car that allows him to show off his skills,” Allison said on the F1 Nation podcast.

“But he is absolutely brilliant for us in these circumstances because he is so focused on winning and on championships that his response to a situation like this is just to double his contribution.

“He was in our factory running many simulator rounds last week and he’s committed as anyone to making sure we find the edge we need to be able to put pressure on Red Bull up front. and you see him at his absolute best. ”

As Verstappen and Hamilton duke it up front, their respective teammates do their best to stay in the mix, while assuming an important buffer role relative to each other to maximize their team’s points.

As such, Allison emphasized how Valtteri Bottas is also an important element in Mercedes’ overall package.

“Valtteri is the one whose mood is a little more unchanging, he remains the kind of irreconcilable figure he has always been,” said the British engineer, who branded the Finn as a “top rank” driver.

“He had a strong weekend in the car [in Styria], who qualified a whisker ahead of Lewis, and was determined to get every point he could from the weekend.

“So we see the best from them to support us and push us, but in a way that is useful, not kind of finger-pointed or destructive.”

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