Hamilton describes how Red Bull and Ferrari might restrict Mercedes’ advancement

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Lewis Hamilton is optimistic that his Mercedes squad can minimize the performance gap between their car and those of Ferrari and Red Bull, but he recognises that it will be a challenging task.

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During 2022, Lewis Hamilton expects the growth curves of Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull to continue at a steady level, lengthening the time his squad spends catching up to their competitors.

After beginning the 2022 season on the back foot, Mercedes is racing to achieve the performance they need to compete with Ferrari and Red Bull for championship points.

The eight-time Constructors’ World Champions have been battling significant porpoising and a slew of “gremlins” that have put them more than a second behind the quickest car on some tracks.

Hamilton: Catching Ferrari and Red Bull isn’t going to be easy

However, Hamilton anticipates Ferrari and Red Bull to get even faster in the following races as they fine-tune their own engines, putting even more pressure on his Mercedes squad and increasing their challenge.

“If you think, realistically, with the way how our sport goes, in terms of everyone’s development, the top teams often develop at a similar pace, a similar rate. Will that be the case with this new car? Who knows?” said Hamilton, speaking to members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.

“I’m really, really hoping we can get in the fight soon. But with every bit of improvement we’ll probably make, Ferrari and Red Bull will probably make a similar sort of step, so it’s not going to be easy.”

Hamilton is upbeat about the remainder of the season

Hamilton is currently 48 points behind Charles Leclerc in the World Championship rankings, despite the fact that he is still chasing his seventh title.

Since 2016, Leclerc’s current lead over his closest challenger (34 points) is the largest gap any racer has been able to achieve after only three rounds of an F1 season (Nico Rosberg, 36 points).

“I prefer to stay optimistic. There are 20 races to go,” continued Hamilton, who has won at least one race in every F1 season he has ever competed in.

“The gap is pretty big right now, but there’s a long way to go.”

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