Lewis Hamilton Sends a Clear Message to Mercedes with Toto Wolff Request After Outpacing Russell

Lewis Hamilton, who acknowledged that Mercedes is still not quite up to par with Red Bull and McLaren, has pushed Toto Wolff to keep making improvements to the W15. In the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, the seven-time world champion defeated George Russell to secure his first podium result of the year.

After the Monaco Grand Prix, there was little hope in the Mercedes camp. However, two race weekends later, it appears like the eight-time world champions have finally figured out the W15 mystery. The Silver Arrows are on the verge of winning a race as evidenced by their vehicles’ podium finishes in both Montreal and Barcelona.

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On Sunday, Hamilton secured his first podium of the year, capping a weekend in which he dominated teammate Russell throughout. But the great British driver isn’t sitting back and understands that Mercedes needs to keep getting better if he wants to compete with drivers like Max Verstappen and Lando Norris.Hamilton stated, evaluating their distance from the teams surrounding them, “We’re slowly getting closer.” You have to take that with a grain of salt since we were really fast here the previous year, but it’s clear that we’ve been competitive in the last few races.

“So, I believe we have made some progress in closing the deficit, but we still have a good couple of tenths to discover. We simply need to keep pushing and put all hands on deck. Hamilton was then questioned about whether Mercedes’ new front wing and floor still had something to offer. “No, I believe that’s the current maximum it has,” he answered.

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However, we always make small adjustments to fine-tune it. Thus, we constantly adjust it and keep doing so all year long. However, in order to compete with these guys, we need to add a few extra pieces to our already existing setup.”

Luckily for Hamilton, it looks like Wolff will grant his wishes. After the Spanish Grand Prix, Craig Slater, a reporter for Sky Sports F1, was questioned if the team would keep making improvements in the next races. His answer verified that the Silver Arrows are prepared for full-scale assault.

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Personally, Hamilton will be looking to reduce the 11-point gap between himself and his teammate in the rankings. The three-time Grand Prix winner is also just 17 points behind Oscar Piastri, making the British driver’s climb to sixth place in the standings incredibly close.