Seven-time Formula 1 champion, Lewis Hamilton, has returned from the summer break with a renewed determination to prepare himself for the moment when the Mercedes car becomes competitive enough to challenge the dominance of Red Bull. The British racing prodigy is itching to regain his prime position, and in the interim, he has set his sights on surpassing Sergio Perez in the drivers’ standings.
Throughout the 2023 season, Red Bull has exhibited unparalleled supremacy, clinching victory in all twelve races held thus far. Of those triumphs, an impressive ten have been claimed by the talented Max Verstappen, leaving the remaining two to be celebrated by Perez. While the rest of the racing grid has found it arduous to match the pace set by the Austrian outfit, Hamilton is resolute in his ambition to restore his competitive edge.
“My goal is to try and figure out how to have the best 10 races I’ve ever had in the second half of the season.
“And of course, we know performance wise, we’re not gonna blitz these races, but maximising points every weekend, holding on to second in the Constructors’ Championship and chasing down Perez is my goal.
“Definitely feel like I’m ready to. I’m trying to prepare myself for when the car is ready to be able to challenge and beat Max. So I think at the moment, the only way we could probably do that currently is just to capitalise on any potential mistakes, which they don’t tend to make. But if they do, I’ll be there.”
At present, Hamilton finds himself in the fourth position within the drivers’ standings, accumulating a total of 148 points, only trailing slightly behind Fernando Alonso, who holds 149 points. Occupying the second spot is Sergio Perez, boasting a commendable 189 points, while the indomitable Max Verstappen commands the lead with an impressive 314 points. In a recent conversation with Sky Sports F1, ahead of the race weekend hosted at the iconic Zandvoort circuit, Hamilton articulated his perspective: “I’m fully committed to the cause and will put in the work to get Mercedes back in the contention.”
In the backdrop of this fervent determination, Hamilton’s current position seems like a mere stepping stone towards a higher goal. Mercedes, Hamilton’s team, finds themselves positioned at the second rank in the constructors’ championship, amassing a collective of 247 points. Their primary objective revolves around maintaining this standing, fending off the persistent challenge posed by Aston Martin, which trails closely at the third spot with a tally of 196 points.