“With somewhat bit extra digging and somewhat extra onerous work, hopefully we will get nearer to having an opportunity to win a race,” says Lewis Hamilton; watch all of the Austrian GP dwell on Sky Sports activities F1; Qualifying on Friday at 4pm, Dash on Saturday at 3.30pm and race on Sunday at 2pm
By Matt Morlidge
Final Up to date: 07/07/22 5:45pm
Lewis Hamilton says he now “really believes” Mercedes can win a race this season – and isn’t ruling out a shock at this weekend’s Austrian GP.
Mercedes, a distant third within the championship, have struggled for type to date this season however had their best weekend of 2022 on the British GP, the place Hamilton got here near his first victory.
Whereas Hamilton ultimately needed to accept a podium, the tempo appears to have utterly modified the seven-time world champion’s mindset.
Hamilton, chatting with media forward of the Austrian GP – which is all dwell on Sky Sports activities F1 this weekend – admitted he “positively wasn’t certain that we might get a win on this automotive”, however now could be extra constructive about his workforce’s probabilities.
“That is positively not the way in which we wish to suppose nevertheless it was feeling like, jeez, there is a lengthy, lengthy technique to catch everybody up realizing the progress everybody makes,” Hamilton mentioned. “However positively massively encouraging.
“For a protracted, very long time, we might make modifications and never see it do what it says it was going to do and enhance the automotive.
“It was step in Barcelona, however then we had a number of troublesome races following it. Then we simply had these final two races which had been fairly sturdy and that is actually inspired us that we’re shifting in in the fitting path and that there actually is potential within the automotive.
“With somewhat bit extra digging and somewhat extra onerous work, hopefully we will get nearer to having an opportunity to win a race.
“So I really consider we will win a race win this yr.”
Hamilton is bidding to increase an F1 report for successful a race in each season, having accomplished so since 2007.
He continued that there was “positively potential” to win in Silverstone however Mercedes’ present efficiency is “not precisely the identical stage as the 2 groups forward”, Crimson Bull and Ferrari.
“We wanted all the things to align,” he admitted.
Even of their dominant title-winning seasons, Mercedes have discovered it robust at Austria’s Crimson Bull Ring, the place the eleventh spherical of the season takes place this weekend – with an added Dash race on Saturday.
Mercedes have solely received one of many final 5 races at Crimson Bull’s circuit.
“Coming right here, we have all the time struggled in Austria,” added Hamilton. “So it will be onerous to win right here realizing the mixture of corners. However not unattainable.
“I am hoping that we’re pleasantly shocked [on Friday] – however I could be flawed. I am going to discover out, however I am staying hopeful and the perfect factor you do is to reach hopeful and constructive and navigate from there.”
Sky Sports activities F1’s dwell Austrian GP schedule
8.55am: F3 Follow
10.05am: F2 Follow
12pm: Austrian GP Follow One (session begins 12.30pm)
1.55pm: F3 Qualifying
2.50pm: F2 Qualifying
3.30pm: Austrian GP Qualifying Construct-up
4pm: Austrian GP Qualifying
5.45pm: Ted’s Qualifying Pocket book
9.30am: F3 Dash
11am: Austrian GP Follow Two (session begins 11.30am)
2.30pm: Austrian GP Dash Construct-up
3.30pm: Austrian GP Dash
4.50pm: F2 Dash
7.30am: F3 Characteristic Race
9am: F2 Characteristic Race
12.30am: Grand Prix Sunday: Austrian GP Construct-up
2pm: The Austrian Grand Prix
4pm: Chequered Flag: Austrian GP Response
5pm: Ted’s Pocket book
F1 2022 heads to Austria this weekend, and the Dash is again! Be a part of Sky Sports activities F1 for in depth protection, with the Dash beginning at 3.30pm on Saturday and the race at 2pm on Sunday.