Lewis Hamilton isn’t taking anything for granted about the form of Mercedes as rivals continue to develop their cars and try to close the gap.
However, he says he remains confident that his team is still on top of the situation.
“I feel confident that the team has done everything we could and can do to be as strong as we can this weekend, and to improve,” he said. “I think others have definitely improved as well, but I’m confident in my guys. We’ve not come with a ton of upgrades – it’s generally not the philosophy of the team to just pile on lots of different things. We’ve come with quality upgrades, not quantity. Hopefully we’ll be good, but it’s a guess.”
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Hamilton says the season could not have gone much better.
“I feel very happy with how it’s gone. I left the last race sitting on the plane thinking, ‘Wow, it’s been a great couple of weeks.’ When you have a year like last year to continue with it is not easy, to repeat what you’ve done before, or even do it better, is not easy. So far I think it’s been better than last year, so I’m really happy with it.
“We’re by no means in the clear, we’ve got a long, long way to go. I know that others are working very, very hard to close that gap, so I’ve got to really stay on my toes, really kind of continue to be innovative with the things I do on the track and my engineers to really extract the most from the car, and even more if possible.”