Lewis Hamilton shed light on Mercedes’ approach to closing the gap with Red Bull in the 2024 Formula 1 season. Hamilton emphasized the importance of learning from Aston Martin’s performance in 2023 as the Brackley-based team aims to make significant strides forward. Despite finishing second in the constructors’ standings, Mercedes faced challenges in matching the dominant Red Bulls during the previous season.
Hamilton, a key figure at Mercedes, highlighted the complexities involved in making substantial improvements within a limited timeframe and resource constraints. In comments reported by Motorsport.com, he stated, “The thing is, with the timeline you have, and the limited resources you have, you can’t just throw it away and start from scratch.”
Drawing parallels with Aston Martin’s evolution, Hamilton acknowledged the remarkable progress made by the Silverstone-based team. In 2022, Aston Martin struggled as backmarkers, but in 2023, they secured eight podium finishes, with veteran driver Fernando Alonso describing it as his ‘best season ever’ at the age of 42. This remarkable turnaround serves as an inspiration for Mercedes as they navigate the challenges of catching up with Red Bull.
Hamilton highlighted the pitfalls of attempting to replicate another team’s success, citing Aston Martin’s experience: “Look at the Astons. They tried to copy a car, and it wasn’t the same. It is not as easy as that.” He emphasized the need for a meticulous approach, integrating successful elements while avoiding drastic changes that could prove counterproductive.
In outlining Mercedes’ strategy for the upcoming season, Hamilton emphasized the importance of consistent incremental improvements. He stated, “We need to be consistently week on week adding performance, and we have higher targets than ever before because we have a massive gap to catch. That makes it really tricky.”