Hamilton wants to have a serious talk Mercedes


Hamilton took his 10th straight podium at his home race and finished third on Sunday, between McLaren duo Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri in fourth. He believes McLaren's updates are clearly similar to Red Bull's concept, which may explain the leap in recent upgrade packages. "The past year and a half has definitely been a season of ups and downs. We still have a lot of work to do," the seven-time world champion told Sky Sports F1. "I think we know exactly what we have to do and we need to have a serious talk about what to do next." 

"The past year and a half has definitely been a season full of ups and downs. I think we know exactly what to do and we need to have a serious talk about what to do next." the seven-time world champion told Sky Sports F1. "McLaren is a testament to the direction they've been going and their speed is impressive. Our car is particularly strong on the long haul. We'll do the same when we get it. We have to fight for it. “George had a really nice long stint on the soft tyre, and I did the same on the medium tyre. We have to keep the good parts and work on other things.

Speaking at the press conference, Hamilton revealed that despite a disappointing ninth-place finish on the difficult opening lap and a seventh-place finish in the qualifying session, he wasn't thinking about the podium. "I didn't feel great in the end yesterday. At the end of the day, I had a really bad race last week, so I knew I could upgrade here," he explained. “So we were all very confident in the step we were taking this weekend and we were able to get close to it. In the end we weren't able to reach 6th and 7th." It was great to see how hard everyone worked and everyone in the team felt it. “But I think we can turn that negative feeling into a positive overnight. I think, just bow your head. Honestly, I didn't feel so good after dropping back to ninth at the start, but it was fun to get over it again. Hats off to the strength of the team on race day. I don't think I can go up. It's great to be able to share that with them." 


Hamilton pitted during the safety car mid-race to replace the unwell Kevin Magnussen's Haas, benefiting greatly from rivals including Piastri and team-mate George Russell. McLaren opted to put Norris on the hard tyres, Hamilton on the soft tyres, but Piastri also used the old hard rubber and Russell on the medium tyres. On the restart, Hamilton passed Norris several times at the end of the Wellington Straight, Luffield and the middle sector en route to the Copse, but the McLaren driver won. Norris was able to hold off Hamilton for second place after the DRS kicked in, but team boss Toto Wolff said it was unexpected.

"When the safety car came out, I knew we were going to gobble up the McLarens and end up in second, third or, if we weren't convinced, staying in front," explained Wolff. “You can see how strong this car was. We could have tried in the first few laps but both raced very strongly. Their efficiency and top speed in the high speed corners and straights. I couldn't pass it. It was a surprise.” Hamilton added "I knew it was going to be difficult when you know what it's like to have someone on the hard tire at the restart and someone behind you on the soft tire. 

“They just get stronger round after round. It was really hard, but the first few laps were fun. I wish we could have continued this close match for more rounds, but it didn't, so I'm looking forward to seeing more of that in the future. ”