On Thursday Hamilton went to each the racing group in Brackley and the HPP engine division in Brixworth for a ultimate debrief on 2023 earlier than heading for his winter break.
He says the temper within the camp is “Positive” after the group secured second place within the constructors’ championship regardless of a troublesome season that noticed no wins.
“I have been very busy,” mentioned Hamilton forward of Friday’s FIA prizegiving gala. “It has been a protracted, lengthy yr, however simply tying up all of the unfastened ends, working with the group.
“I used to be on the group yesterday simply thanking everybody for the wonderful work they’ve executed all year long. It is a particular time of the yr, you’re winding down and also you’re seeing the place we’re going subsequent.”
When requested what temper he’d discovered on the manufacturing unit, he mentioned: “The temper may be very Positive. I feel all of the members within the group are extremely grateful to have gotten second within the constructors’ given the challenges that we confronted this season. And so it is at all times fairly emotional.
“And I have been with the group for such a very long time, however each time you return to Brixworth and Brackley, and also you’re reminded of simply how huge a group is pushing you ahead from behind.
“And also you see each particular person, some individuals which can be new to the group which have joined while I have been right here, and a few which were means earlier than, and in addition some which have labored on my engine since my first Grand Prix in F1. It is wonderful to see simply the progress and the expansion.
“And likewise our group is changing into increasingly various, which has been actually pleasing for me to see, that we’re shifting in the proper path.”
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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W14
Hamilton used to his go to to test on progress with subsequent yr’s W15, though he admitted that it was exhausting to make an correct judgement on the place the group is with the brand new automotive.
“I feel it is at all times troublesome,” he mentioned. “I am not an engineer or a designer. So it isn’t straightforward. It is at all times the thrilling time of the yr as a result of I’ve seen the automotive within the wind tunnel, I at all times go by the wind tunnel after I go to the manufacturing unit, to see it evolving in whichever path it finally ends up going.
“Actually after I was leaving yesterday once more I popped in simply to see the place we have been, and after I come again, it will likely be once more a special animal.
“I’ve full religion in everybody that is engaged on it. And I am hopeful that we are going to be in a way more aggressive place subsequent yr.”
Hamilton admitted that the 2023 season had been powerful, with the group realising from the primary run with the W14 that it wasn’t going to be a title-winning automotive.
“There are ups and downs inside all seasons, and there have been ups and downs,” he mentioned.
“And from the second we began driving the automotive at Silverstone, realising that we’re in all probability not going to be combating for a championship, after which simply refocusing and resetting your targets, after which working in the direction of catching up.
“I feel it is simply actually pleasing to see that we by no means gave up, and nobody within the group gave up. Everybody stayed Positive, and simply how everybody confirmed up was tremendous encouraging for me.
“I feel we’re all at all times studying extra about simply appreciating the second, appreciating every single particular person within the group and people outcomes we’re getting, and once we lastly get a podium, we recognize it maybe greater than ever earlier than.
“And I feel clearly [pole in] Budapest was the spotlight, a observe that I like. And to one way or the other dethrone the Pink Bull for a single second gave us numerous hope, figuring out that if we simply maintain pushing, we might get there.”