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Hamilton hopes for Mercedes improvements overnight

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE - JULY 22: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W13 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on July 22, 2022 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton hopes Mercedes will improve its pace for tomorrow’s qualifying session at the French Grand Prix.

The British 7-time World Champion admitted the Silver Arrows are slower than expected at Paul Ricard.

“We have a lot of work to do, a lot of ground to cover still,” Hamilton told the media after the practice session.

The Mercedes driver said their car is not “spectacular” around the circuit, and that he hopes the team will be able to improve the situation overnight.

“The car is not spectacular here. We don’t know why, but I’m sure… hopefully, overnight, we can make a bit of a step.”

When asked where his Mercedes car is lacking pace, he said “just everywhere. It’s just every corner.

“I mean, I’m going to have to dig deep into the data, but it just feels like we’re lacking downforce today. Otherwise, it’s okay.”

Despite his struggles and placing between the P4 and P5 positions, Hamilton believes a podium finish is still possible at the French GP this weekend.

“Today we were fourth and fifth, so that’s kind of the region we’ll be fighting for.

“But that doesn’t mean that we can’t be on the podium. I think we can still be up there, just still not as quick as those front guys and a little bit further back than we were in the last race.”

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