Lewis Hamilton thinks that Mercedes has come back to its previous form after struggles in the first half of the season.
Even though Hamilton and Mercedes are now in the lead of both Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships, they have had to face the opposition in Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing and the Silver Arrows were not able to catch up with them on numerous occasions, which has been unusual in the hybrid era. Ahead of the Belgian GP, the reigning seven-time world champion supposes that Mercedes is back in good shape. At the same time, he admits that the championship battle will be even closer now.
“I don’t feel like I’m more wary than I was at the beginning of the year, we knew how quick they would be at the beginning. We’ve obviously seen the speed and the competitiveness of them in the past,” he said.
“Of course as we got through the season they have gotten stronger and stronger. It’s been harder for us, as we’ve gone on we’ve had a bit of a difficult patch, but we’ve got back to where we are in terms of operating and how we have in the past.
“It’s going to be close, it’s gonna be tough in the second half of the season. The first half was definitely one of the toughest and I expect it’s going to be pretty much the same in the second half, if not more difficult.”
Hamilton has never been in a title fight against Verstappen, but he assures that he keeps the same approach.
“It’s exactly the same if I’m really honest, whether you’re fighting your teammate or another team. But it’s a different journey that you go on when it’s internal,” he commented.
“The journey you go on with a smaller group of people within your own team, as opposed to a whole team fighting another team. It’s a much better dynamic, it’s a much more enjoyable journey. But from a driver’s point of view, I race against whoever.”