After previously stating Mercedes had no upgrades planned for its 2021 car, Lewis Hamilton admits he was aware the team had one waiting.
The British driver finished second to Max Verstappen at the Styrian Grand Prix, and after the race he noted that the Silver Arrows had no upgrades in the pipeline as they looked to close the gap to Red Bull. However James Allison announced earlier this week that new parts were on the way, with Hamilton admitting he knew that was the case.
"I knew that we had that upgrade coming," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "At the end of the day, the guys are working. Everyone is working absolutely flat out.
"We're learning more and more about this car, we're discovering where we need to push more, and extract more and I have all the confidence in the team that we will do that over the course of time."
With a full capacity crowd allowed for the Austrian Grand Prix, expect a large Dutch contingent to be in the stands supporting Verstappen, though Hamilton is looking forward to the atmosphere.
"I've never noticed any hostility really here," Hamilton added. "I think there was one time where some fans were a bit negative and on the podium, but I'm able to kind of let that go over my head.
"I appreciate the fans and I love the the energy that they bring. As a fan of other sports, I know what it's like to be against one team and for another so I totally respect it. No problem."