Hamilton happy with France performance: We’re in the battle

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 18, 2021 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is happy with the team’s performance during the first practices of the French Grand Prix, saying he feels they’re now ‘in the battle’ and close upfront.

Valtteri Bottas topped Free Practice 1 followed by Hamilton, who then finished third in FP2, again behind Bottas but this time it was Max Verstappen who topped the charts.

“I’m looking at every option,” Hamilton said wwhen asked on what measures Mercedes is taking to catch up to Verstappen. “We’ve made a lot of changes, we will probably do a lot of analysis again tonight with the hope that it’s going to be better tomorrow, but we won’t know [until] we get back out tomorrow.

“But as I said, the times aren’t terrible; we’re close up at the front, so at least we’re in the battle.”

Bottas and Hamilton swaped chassis ahead of the race weekend, something which Toto Wolff explained here.

Asked if the swap affected his performance, the 7-time World Champion said: “I don’t think so. I mean, it’s a different track, so very rarely do you have any differences between the chassis.”

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