Lewis Hamilton isn't ready to wave the white flag when it comes to the 2021 World Championship despite trailing rival Max Verstappen by 18 points after eight races.
Momentum is firmly on Red Bull's side after the Styrian Grand Prix as the Milton Keynes outfit have won the last four races, with Verstappen notching up three of those victories. Mercedes also trail Red Bull by 40 points in the Constructors' Championship, however Hamilton isn't ready to give up on the season just yet.
"Well, I don’t accept anything," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "I think we’ve still got many races ahead of us and we’ve got to keep pushing. We’re World Champions and that’s what we can, definitely, improve if we have put our minds to it.
"If we’re not going to develop and improve our car for the rest of the year, this is the result you’re going to see, because, as I said, they’ve really eked out performance in these last few races, wherever it’s been, whether it’s been in France with the engine or the new wing, whichever it is."
While Mercedes boss Toto Wolff stated the team had stopped developing this year's car to focus on next season, Hamilton is hoping there is more to come this season in order to continue the fight for the title.
"I’m not going to question the team’s logic and how they got through with their process," Hamilton added. "As I said, I would love to have… Give us an upgrade, we would love an upgrade, but I don’t think it’s in the pipeline at the moment.
"We’re down on a few areas. It’s been close at the beginning of the season and if we were both – Red Bull and us – had the same performance as we did in those first four races then perhaps it would be a little more exciting.
"They’ve taken a decent step forwards but we will work as hard as we can to manoeuvre around it but in terms of baseline performance this is what we’ve got."