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Lewis Hamilton has warned Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc that Mercedes’ could soon win their first race of the season. The seven-time champion claimed he did believe the Silver Arrows could “close the gap” to the frontrunners and steal victories before the end of the season.
When asked if the first win of the season was close in today’s press conference, Hamilton responded: “I do. Definitely.”
Hamilton added: “Of course we’ve been improving. We’ve had this consistency that come up over the recent races and great progress the team is just making, everyone pulling together and continuing to push. The car is becoming more of a racing car which is not particularly what it was at the beginning of the year.
“More like a normal racing car in the sense of its characteristics so that’s positive.
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“The last race was the best showing we have had so far and that for us was a huge boost, just that we can close that gap. Naturally it’s going to continue to be tough, we will keep our heads down.
“The other guys are doing an amazing job but I do believe we can close the gap.”
Hamilton has enjoyed a resurgence in form after a poor start to the 2022 season. Since the Canadian Grand Prix, the Mercedes star has secured five consecutive podium finishes.
Hamilton has also secured back-to-back P2 finishes in France and Hungary while George Russell finished third. Former Williams star Russell even bagged pole in Budapest as Mercedes showed they are moving closer to the pace of the frontrunners.
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Hamilton has secured a victory in every season he has competed in F1 since his debut in 2007 meaning bagging a win is massive to continue the run. However, former 1996 world champion Damon Hill has predicted Hamilton could end his win drought this weekend.
He commented: “I think it’s going to be Lewis. I think if it’s going to be anyone other than the obvious, you know Max Verstappen victory, then I think I’m going to plump for Lewis because I feel in my bones he is going win a race this year.
“I just think it could be situations at Spa that could fall into his into his into his lap a little bit.”
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