Lewis Hamilton insists Mercedes will do things ‘our way’ rather than copy Red Bull… as Silver Arrows look to bounce back from disappointing 2022 to overhaul title rivals
- Mercedes finished well behind Red Bull in the standings last season
- It has been suggested that they may try to copy Red Bull to close the gap
- Hamilton is adamant Mercedes will do things their way in 2023
Lewis Hamilton has promised that Mercedes will stick to its own principles rather than trying to copy ideas from other teams as they try to return to title contention in 2023.
The seven-time world champion failed to win a single race last season for the first time in his career, while team-mate George Russell was on the top step of the podium just once as Mercedes finished well off the pace in the standings.
Max Verstappen won his second consecutive championship as Red Bull enjoyed a dominant campaign and look set to be the team to beat again this year. It has been suggested that Mercedes could look to copy Red Bull to improve their car and close the gap on their rivals, but Hamilton backed the Silver Arrows to come to terms with their ideas.
“Obviously you can see that some of the cars are getting closer to what a Red Bull might look like, maybe with the exception of Ferrari,” Hamilton said as Mercedes unveiled its W14 car this week.
“I don’t think we were ever a team that copied other people.
Lewis Hamilton is adamant Mercedes will not look to copy Red Bull this season
Toto Wolff hopes Mercedes can learn from the problems they faced last season
“We’ve always had our own minds and we’ve always been a team that’s incredibly creative and innovative and likes to do it our way. And I think that’s worked in the past.’
Hamilton won six titles in seven seasons between 2014 and 2020, while Nico Rosberg took the other as Mercedes swept away every other team on the grid.
They were relegated to the team last year and team principal Toto Wolff admitted the team had struggled all year.
However, there have been encouraging signs in the final races of the season and the German wants Mercedes to build on their finish until 2022 when the 2023 campaign begins.
“Last year was tough, but it came with a lot of learning,” admitted Wolff.
“I hope 2023 will be proof that we have figured out how to iron out the problems and improve the package of the car.
“Our car performed very well at the end of the season.
“However, we still had the famous bounce on some tracks and the car never gave the drivers good feedback, which limited them from being able to really push.
“We tried to keep all the good things of W13 and address its weaknesses.”
Pre-season testing takes place next week, with the first race of the year in Bahrain on March 5.