Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he has 'total faith' that Mercedes will build a competitive car to allow him to have some great battles with Red Bull in 2024.
It has been almost two years since Hamilton last was victorious in Formula 1. The series’ most successful driver of all time has been winless since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The reasoning for this is largely down to Mercedes’ struggles with the 2022 regulations. A poor choice of direction from the German outfit set them back months in comparison to their rivals, while Red Bull started well and only got stronger.
The biggest inter-team rivalry in recent times has been the battle between Mercedes and Red Bull, with Hamilton and Verstappen often leading their constructors. Due to the level of dominance that Red Bull have experienced since the technical regulation change, it has been an almost impossible task to match them.
Hamilton is confident that Mercedes will achieve their goal for next year and is ready himself to renew the rivalry that led to one of the most competitive title fights in F1 history.
“We are progressing but I have heard that Red Bull are progressing as well,” Hamilton said. “So, we have to be really, really strategic and really clinical with moves. They know that already but in order for us to be battling those guys, they’re so quick on the straights, we’re losing two and a half tenths into turn one.
“But I believe, I’m ready. If we can get the car to match them, we’re going to have some great battles next year.”
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