Hamilton delivers WORRYING assessment of Mercedes hopes at Austrian GP

Hamilton has shared mixed feelings ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix as Mercedes look to build on their recent positive momentum.

George Russell claimed the Silver Arrows’ first podium of the season at the Canadian Grand Prix, just three weeks ago.

A race later in Spain, it was Hamilton in the top three, ending the longest drought of his career without a podium and in the process extending his record of the most consecutive seasons with a podium (18).

Ahead of the sprint weekend in Austria, Hamilton is hoping Mercedes can continue their better run of form.

Will Mercedes be able to challenge in Austria?
Having had his worst start to an F1 season in 2024, Hamilton is now feeling far more upbeat about his chance of ending his Mercedes career on a high.

He remains, however, cautious not to read too much into a limited set of results and performances.

“I think, probably just the whole team is, not necessarily on a high, but there’s a great energy within the team,” said Hamilton.

“[We] just want to work on continuing it.

Don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, that’s for sure.

“‌Mercedes have struggled to bring effective upgrades since starting the ground effect era on the back foot in 2022, but it now seems what looks good in simulation is correlating to on-track gains.

“Like all sprint weekends in 2024, Austria hosts just a single practice session on Friday before sprint qualifying.

Saturday sees the sprint race and then later qualifying for Sunday’s race.

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