Following a good effort by the reigning Constructors’ champions at the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday, Lewis Hamilton said he believed Mercedes were “on their way.”
Mercedes arrived in Barcelona with a car that has four improvements, hoping to turn around a terrible 2022 season thus far.
The team appears to have made progress in resolving the porpoising issue that has impeded them thus far, since they were able to lower the car’s ride height, which boosted its speed.
Hamilton admitted they were still not the fastest after finishing P3 in FP2 alongside teammate George Russell, but he believed the team was “on our way.”
“Super-happy with the progress so a big, big, big, big thank you to everyone back at the factory for not giving up and continuing to push,” Hamilton told reporters post-FP2. “We are not the quickest but I think we’re on our way.
“It’s the first time we’ve driven down the straight without bouncing. We still have some bouncing but it’s way better and so we are starting to eke into the potential of the car.”
Toto Wolff, the team’s leader, was pleased with the team’s growth and stated he was “very proud” of the outcome.
“Both companies have worked so hard,” Wolff told Sky Sports F1. “Brixworth has really gained land against the other power unit manufacturers and it’s fantastic to see that – I’m really proud.
“On the chassis side, we are getting there. We have a second solid Friday like we had in Miami.
“We just have to see, when the grip keeps coming tomorrow, whether we are able to keep that kind of performance and at least be in the mix or solid in the top three.”
Despite the development, Wolff stated that more work needed to be done and that the situation was not one of “exuberance and joy.”