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Formula 1

Hamilton urges Mercedes to make upgrades: Impossible to keep up!

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has urged his team to start bringing some upgrades to their W12, having been beaten badly at the Styrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton Austria 2021
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Lewis Hamilton is hopeful that Mercedes can learn some lessons from their defeat to Red Bull at the Styrian Grand Prix, and fast track some upgrades in a bid to keep in touch in the championship.

Hamilton finished a distant second to Verstappen at the Red Bull Ring, around 15 seconds behind the Dutch driver at the point where he dived into the pits for another stop to take the fastest lap point. Having been unable to keep pace with Verstappen, Hamilton said there was nothing more he could do.

"It was a bit of a lonely race, really. I was trying to keep up with those guys but the speed they have, they've obviously made some big improvements over the last couple of races and impossible to keep up," Hamilton said after the race.

"I don't know where we lose all the time but I think the long run seem to be a bit better, they seem to be able to continue pulling out those laps, and obviously on the straight, we lose a lot down the straight, or it feels like we lose a lot on the straights. But, nonetheless, we got the points as a team today and we just got to keep pushing."

Asked whether he's concerned by the performance of Red Bull, Hamilton said that some work needs to be done to the W12 to try fighting back against the pace of the RB16B.

"I try not to concern myself with it, naturally they're faster so there is not a lot that I can do in that respect," he said.

"We can't do anything. We can't change it in the car," Hamilton told Ziggo Sport.

"We got the maximum out of our car this weekend. So that's, that's the speed we have. And we got no upgrades. So of course, we'll try and figure out if we can go any faster, but we don't have an answer for that at the moment.

"I've just got to keep trying to just do the best job I can each weekend. We need to find some performance, we really need to, we need an upgrade of some sort, we need to push. I don't know where, whether it's just the rear wing or whether it's the upgrade in the engine, whatever it may be, but we've got to find some performance somewhere."

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