Hamilton says it might take "a long time" to catch Red Bull

It is clear that pursuing Red Bull is a complex and lengthy process.

Red Bull's superior 2023 Formula 1 car would "likely continue to evolve," so Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is aware that it "could take a long time" to catch up.


Mercedes discovered, even before the season began, that it had made the wrong decision by sticking with its troubled 2022 concept and instead devoted its development resources to a changed floor and side pod concept, which is being prepared for next month's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola.

Even if George Russell and Hamilton had much better performances at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, they are still committed to that course adjustment. Russell was within three-tenths of Max Verstappen, who qualified on the pole for Red Bull, during their respective third- and second-place qualifying sessions. Russell briefly had the lead as Hamilton finished second.


Red Bull's RB19 could reach a plateau, but Hamilton emphasized that the team is also expected to keep picking up speed, and as a result, it can take longer to catch than anticipated. "I'm aware that catching a car could take a long time." "If you look at Red Bull, it will most likely continue to evolve," Hamilton added.

"Even while some cars do reach a performance plateau, they can't keep running forever once you reach a certain point. However, they might have an excellent team supporting them, so I know they'll keep adding downforce. When we do make the change, we must ensure that the task isn't too difficult because it will undoubtedly require the remainder of the year for us to possibly cover the gap. When asked what he anticipates from Mercedes' updated W14, he replies that he anticipates the revised design will give an instant step that will be simpler to build upon.

A small portion of him expressed optimism, saying, "I just hope we find the trick, and we're straight onto the right track that's not far away from the others."

“We've demonstrated in the past that we can advance swiftly, and I believe that will continue when the car's potential is realized.”

"The guys can move forward in that direction at full speed." I'm appreciative that they are willing to change and aren't content with what we already have.