After losing out to Red Bull and Max Verstappen during qualifying, Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are adamant that they will mount a fightback during this afternoon's French Grand Prix.
With Verstappen asserting his dominance during both FP3 and qualifying, Hamilton had to settle for a front-row start for this afternoon's race. The British driver and his Mercedes team are determined to fight for the win irrespective of their deficit on Saturday.
"We will start from second place, so we have a chance and we can fight on the way to the first corner," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com among other select members of the media.
"We will start from second place, so we have a chance and we can fight on the way to the first corner. In free practice we struggled and they were quicker than us, by a tenth or two. My car is much better set up now, so I remain hopeful.
"Also, we are probably going to see some interesting strategies. Maybe it will rain, so hopefully the rain masters can do their thing. I'm looking forward to it."
Mercedes trackside director Andrew Shovlin was also bullish about the German team's chances.
"We have seen this season that our race pace is better than our qualifying pace," Shovlin said.
"We have also shown that we can win races from behind, so we are still optimistic that we can fight for victory on Sunday."