Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver opens up on W14 upgrades ahead of 2023 Spanish Grand Prix


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Lewis Hamilton believes this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix is ​​the perfect track for Mercedes to find out where they stand following recent car upgrades.

Lewis Hamilton believes this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix is ​​the perfect track for Mercedes to find out where they stand following recent car upgrades.

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that Mercedes’ upgrades have not improved what he was “dreaming about” ahead of this weekend’s Spanish grand prix.

Mercedes brought a major upgrade to Monaco last weekend, which includes a new floor, sidepods and suspension. Due to the characteristics of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Mercedes hopes to get a better reading of its development this weekend.

Hamilton has finished on the podium once this year at the Australian Grand Prix, while teammate George Russell is yet to finish in the top three.

“When you bring upgrades, naturally you must move forward,” Hamilton explained. “The fact is that this is a reform, it’s just not the reform we’ve dreamed of. But it’s one step at a time.

“I don’t feel any negativity towards it. I’m grateful that we have it. The hard thing is I understand how much work goes into making these parts.

“The amount of work – everyone is really flat out and hungry to get the car going in the right direction – so I would say I hope it puts us on a better track going forward from here.”

Lewis Hamilton has revealed details of his involvement in the making process of the Formula 1 film starring Brad Pitt, which he is co-producing.

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Lewis Hamilton has revealed details of his involvement in the making process of the Formula 1 film starring Brad Pitt, which he is co-producing.

Lewis Hamilton has revealed details of his involvement in the making process of the Formula 1 film starring Brad Pitt, which he is co-producing.

Asked about the direction of development Mercedes would take, Hamilton replied: “It’s a constant conversation where you go ‘what does this look like and we look like this, have we tried that?’.

“We now have a wider sidepod in the direction of what Red Bull is. It has not been my decision to go that way.

“I think it became clear when we got the car back on the ground in the first test, it’s basically an identical twin to last year’s car, except for the bouncing, but something about how it drives Jumpy with similar characteristics.

“But I think we’ve taken note of where we’ve been and where we’ve gone wrong, and now we’re taking it slow and trying to go all the way. Unfortunately it’s It’s a long process.”

Ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix we take a look back at some of the most dramatic moments from previous races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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Ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix we take a look back at some of the most dramatic moments from previous races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix we take a look back at some of the most dramatic moments from previous races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Russell hopes Mercedes can overtake Ferrari

Mercedes leads Ferrari by 29 points in the constructors’ championship, but has been slow in qualifying overall and has better executed its race on Sunday.

Ferrari have taken the only non-Red Bull pole position this year, courtesy of Charles Leclerc’s impressive Q3 lap in Baku.

George Russell expects Mercedes to leapfrog Ferrari at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix as both teams aim to improve pace.

Charles Leclerc and George Russell both hope they can move closer to the front at the Spanish Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc and George Russell both hope they can move closer to the front at the Spanish Grand Prix

“I think there’s a big variation in performance from Saturday to Sunday. I think when you look at Saturday’s performance, we’re definitely behind Ferrari and Aston Martin and sometimes even Alpine,” Russell he said.

“When you look at Sunday’s performance, we are probably a little closer to Aston Martin, but this weekend will be a good test.

“We think we can jump ahead of Ferrari, hopefully close that gap to Fernando because he’s certainly very quick, and try and close the gap to Red Bull.”

George Russell hopes Mercedes' upgrade can take him ahead of Ferrari and reduce the gap on Fernando Alonso ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

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George Russell hopes Mercedes’ upgrade can take him ahead of Ferrari and reduce the gap on Fernando Alonso ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

George Russell hopes Mercedes’ upgrade can take him ahead of Ferrari and reduce the gap on Fernando Alonso ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Mercedes was originally scheduled to bring their upgrade package to Imola, but the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was canceled due to flooding, so they were forced to conduct development on the W14 in Monaco.

But, Monte Carlo occupies a separate place on the Formula 1 calendar due to its slow-paced nature, while the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya tests every aspect of the car.

“We didn’t learn anything from Monaco with regards to the new update. So, that will be where we take a new baseline and build from there,” said Russell.

“But certainly not a bad surprise. Given how much we’ve changed, I think that in itself was a positive. But it will be a true test.”

Ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix we take a look back at some of the most dramatic moments from previous races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

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Ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix we take a look back at some of the most dramatic moments from previous races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix we take a look back at some of the most dramatic moments from previous races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Leclerc not expecting ‘massive change’

Ferrari are bringing a major update to the Spanish GP and are set to introduce a sidepod concept similar to Red Bull.

Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have struggled for pace throughout the race, a pattern that has been in place since the middle of last year.

The Monegasque driver says the aim is that the new developments make the car “easier to drive”.

Charles Leclerc finished behind both Mercedes drivers in the Monaco Grand Prix as Ferrari finished sixth and eighth

Charles Leclerc finished behind both Mercedes drivers at the Monaco Grand Prix as Ferrari finished sixth and eighth

“We are not expecting any big miracles. From now on we want to try and bring some small upgrades every race,” explained Leclerc. “It should go in the right direction, but I don’t think it will be a huge change.

“At the moment, we have an extremely busy car. In qualifying, over a lap pace, with the new tires and air we know how to drive the car, it’s fine. As soon as we get out of those situations, We lose a lot of downforce overall so we’re doing a lot of work with this new car.

“So we might not achieve the same performance, but at least be a bit more consistent over the weekend which will help us produce better results.”

Charles Leclerc battling Lewis Hamilton was last out at the Monaco Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc battling Lewis Hamilton was last out at the Monaco Grand Prix

Sky Sports F1 Live Spanish GP Schedule

Friday June 2
8.50am: F3 Practice
10.00am: F2 Practice
12 noon: Spanish GP Practice One (Session starts 12.30 pm)
1.55 pm: F3 Qualifying
2.50 pm: F2 Qualifying
3.45 PM: Spanish GP Practice Two (Session starts at 4 PM)
5.15pm: The F1 Show: Spain

Saturday June 3
9.25am: F3 Sprint
11.15am: Spanish GP Practice Three (session starts 11.30am)
1.10 pm: F2 Sprint
2.15 pm: Spanish GP qualifying build-up
3 pm: Spanish GP Qualifying
6.15pm: Indycar – Detroit GP Qualifying

sunday 4 june
8.50am: F3 Feature Race
10.20am: F2 Feature Race
12.30 pm: Grand Prix Sunday Spanish GP Build-up
2 pm: Spanish Grand Prix
4pm: Checkered flag Spanish GP reaction
5.45 PM: Indy NXT – Detroit GP
8 PM: INDYCAR – Detroit GP

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