The Milton Keynes-based outfit has been in a category of its personal this season, profitable all however one grand prix to this point en path to a drivers’ and constructors’ championship double.
Whereas rivals have pushed the group onerous at numerous occasions all through this season, the truth that no person has made a breakthrough to beat it persistently factors to the group’s benefit staying intact for some time.
And following a Brazilian Grand Prix the place Max Verstappen was as soon as once more superior, as rivals Ferrari and Mercedes endured a very tough time, seven-time champion Hamilton supplied a downbeat evaluation of his prospects sooner or later.
Requested about the opportunity of Mercedes making the leap wanted to problem Pink Bull quickly, Hamilton mentioned: “I feel, finally, all I can do is attempt to stay optimistic.
“The Pink Bull I feel is so far-off. I feel they’re most likely going to be very clear for the following couple of years.”
However Pink Bull boss Christian Horner doesn’t see issues as simple as that and reckons that his group is into diminishing returns with its automotive idea that may permit others to shut it down.
Talking about what suggestions he was getting from wind tunnel figures in regards to the group’s 2024 challenger, Horner mentioned: “It is at all times troublesome to learn an excessive amount of into these issues. I feel that it is quite a lot of world championships which might be received within the wind tunnel numbers at the moment of yr.
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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W14, George Russell, Mercedes F1 W14, Sergio Perez, Pink Bull Racing RB19
“I feel that we have got an important automotive, we have got an important foundation. We have to preserve evolving it, however in fact, the returns are going to decrease since you’re hitting the highest of the curve.
“And you may see it should concertina. It’s going to develop into nearer and that may stretch us extra, for positive. However the group are very, very motivated. You may see no person’s let off since we received the championship. All people’s nonetheless absolutely on it.”
Horner mentioned that Pink Bull was removed from getting complacent about its kind, and notable defeats – prefer it suffered in Brazil 12 months in the past – acted as big motivational moments for it to dig deeper and develop into higher.
“You’ve got to maintain enhancing in all areas,” he mentioned. “I feel leaving this race [in Brazil] final yr harm, in that our efficiency wasn’t as robust as we’d have favored.
“We felt we did not get the set-up proper. So we discovered the teachings from final yr and we utilized them nicely, and centered a automotive on the race.
“Ultimately, we got here away with a pole, the dash win and the Grand Prix, with a 3rd and the fourth for Checo [Perez], so it has been a really robust weekend.”