After not being able to beat Max Verstappen at the Styrian GP, Lewis Hamilton admitted that Mercedes must bring upgrades otherwise it is impossible to beat Red Bull.
Lewis has never been able to attack Max during the Styrian GP, and before pitting to fit soft tires to set the fastest lap of the race, the gap to Verstappen was around 15 seconds.
“It was a bit of a lonely race. I was trying to keep up with those guys but with the speed they have, they’ve made some big improvements over the last couple of races and impossible to keep up,” Hamilton said after the race.
“I don’t know where we lose all the time but I think the long run seems to be a bit better, they seem to be able to continue pulling out those laps, and obviously on the straight, we lose a lot down the straight, or it feels like we lose a lot on the straights. Nonetheless, we got the points as a team today and we just got to keep pushing.”
Finally, Hamilton admitted that Mercedes needs to work on the W12 if they want to close the gap to the Milton Keynes-based team.
“I try not to concern myself with it, naturally they’re faster so there is not a lot that I can do in that respect,” he said.
“I’ve just got to keep trying to just do the best job I can each weekend. We need to find some performance, we need to, we need an upgrade of some sort, we need to push. I don’t know where, whether it’s just the rear wing or whether it’s the upgrade in the engine, whatever it may be, but we’ve got to find some performance somewhere.”