Lewis Hamilton encouraged by Mercedes development plan as more updates arrive for Emilia Romagna GP | F1 News

Lewis Hamilton says he is “excited” about Mercedes’ upcoming improvements and the seven-time champion hopes to finally have a “north star” to follow in search of better pace.

On an Imola weekend where most of the leading teams are introducing some form of upgrade to the car, Mercedes will have new parts on the W15 for the second race in a row.

The former champions are yet to finish a Grand Prix higher than fifth this season, but Hamilton was encouraged by his late-race pace last time out at the Miami GP, when he finished behind Red Bull’s Sergio Perez. on a weekend where preparation time for improvements brought to that event was restricted by the nature of the Sprint weekend.

“The last race was positive and there is a long way to go,” said Hamilton, whose sixth-place finish in Miami was a personal best on a Sunday in a disappointing 2024 so far.

“I’m very excited about the events ahead. We took a step in the last race and we’ve taken a step this weekend and there’s more in the pipeline.”

“I feel like we’ve found a north star of what we need to do and change. It just takes time, but the energy in the team is amazing.

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Lewis Hamilton arrives at the Imola paddock on Thursday

“On this team they are very resilient. They continue to press even though we have been knocked down several times.”

“We just have to continue to keep our heads down and stay focused and do the best job we can every weekend.”

Hamilton says Mercedes is still in the “discovery process” with the W15, which is the much-changed successor to last year’s disappointing W14, and had a “very small window” in which they can access its peak performance consistently. .

But he believes the progress being seen at Brackley pace is genuine and that the team is working hard to accelerate the arrival of more development parts to the track ahead of a busy summer of racing.

“It’s just a game of patience and making do with what you have,” Hamilton said.

“Make the most of the tools you have at your disposal today, tomorrow and this weekend. But it’s really encouraging that we’re seeing progress at the factory in the wind tunnel.”

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“We have new components on the way, and that’s always an exciting part of the process. Testing a lot of different things and then finding out what works and what doesn’t. The fact that we have a forward direction, and you’ve tried it in the simulator and then you’re eager to get those bits.

“This is a real pressure time for people in terms of spending time in the factory and bringing these things in earlier. We need everyone to get on with it and we know we already have that.”

“It is very clear the direction we must take”

Having recognized that they needed to go in a completely different direction with their car design in the current era of F1’s ground effect rules after the disappointing 2022 and 2023 seasons that saw just one win, Mercedes’ challenger for 2024 has yet to provide the team with a breakthrough in performance.

They have been beaten by Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren in the first six rounds of the campaign, but George Russell also shares his teammate Hamilton’s encouragement about what lies ahead.

“It’s been impressive to see how the whole team has come together, putting in so many hours at the factory to try to bring these developments to the fastest car, working hard to make the car faster,” Russell said.

“The direction we need to take is very clear and that gives people motivation and a clear platform on which we need to develop. Time will tell in the next races.”

“The motivation has not diminished at all and everyone is very motivated to get Mercedes back to the top.”

Emilia Romagna GP schedule live on Sky Sports F1

Friday May 17
8:50 am: F3 Practice
10:00 a.m.: F2 practice
12:00 pm: First practice of the Emilia Romagna GP (session starts at 12:30 p.m.)
2:00 p.m.: F3 Classification
14:55: F2 Classification
15:45: Second practice of the Emilia Romagna GP (session starts at 4 pm)
5:30 p.m.: F1

F1 visits Europe for the first time in 2024 with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola

Saturday May 18
09:00: F3 speed
11:15 am: Third practice of the Emilia Romagna GP (session starts at 11:30 a.m.)
1:10 p.m.: F2 speed
14:10: preparation for the Emilia Romagna GP classification
3:00 p.m.: Classification of the Emilia Romagna GP
5:00 p.m.: Ted’s classification notebook
5:30 p.m.: Qualifying for the Indy 500

Sunday May 19
7.30am: F3 main race
09:00: F2 main race
12:30 p.m.: Sunday Grand Prix: preparation for the Emilia Romagna GP
2:00 p.m.: EMILIA ROMAÑA GRAND PRIX
4:00 p.m.: Checkered flag: reaction to the Emilia Romagna GP
5:00 p.m.: Ted’s Notebook
8:00 p.m.: Indy 500 Classification

Formula 1 heads to Europe as Imola returns to the calendar following last year’s canceled race. Watch the Emilia Romagna GP this weekend, with the race on Sunday at 2pm. Stream every F1 race and more with a NOW Sports Month membership – no contract, cancel anytime

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