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Hamilton: We’ve found our North Star with the Mercedes W15

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Lewis Hamilton is happy with the design philosophy of Mercedes’ 2024 Formula 1 challenger – the W15 -and hopes to improve upon a difficult couple of years this season, his last with the German team

The seven-time World Champion recently announced that he would be leaving Mercedes after 12 successful years with the team, securing six of his Titles while there. He will drive for rival outfit Ferrari from 2025 onwards as his illustrious career draws ever nearer to a close.

Therefore, 2024 would be the Briton’s final season with the Brackley-based outfit. Can he manage to obtain an unprecedented eighth Drivers’ Championship and surpass Michael Schumacher as the Formula 1 driver with the most World Titles?

His chances will be largely dependent on the relative pace of Mercedes’ 2024 challenger, the W15 E Performance. Unveiled earlier today, the W15 blends together both the black and silver liveries of previous years onto one car. But will it be faster than last year’s W14 and enable Hamilton to challenge for the Drivers’ crown on his swansong for the team?

Hamilton will partner alongside George Russell for a third consecutive campaign. While the 39-year-old soundly beat his younger teammate over the course of the 2023 season, the car didn’t allow him to challenge the dominance of Red Bull and eventual Champion Max Verstappen.

Mercedes finally heading in the right direction?

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But Sir Lewis is confident that various issues have been ironed out and is looking forward to starting the upcoming calendar year on the right foot. He said: “The learnings of the past two years have helped us find our direction. It’s enabled us to find our north star.

“It’s still going to be a work in progress, but we will face whatever challenges present themselves with our heads up, with open minds, and work through diligently.”

Despite finishing the previous season third in the Drivers’ Standings, Hamilton failed to win a race for a second season running. He explained why this was the case and why he expects better this coming campaign: “If you’re not comfortable with the car, you’re not able to extract the maximum performance.

“A more stable, more predictable car will enable us to extract the potential from not only the car, but ourselves as drivers.”

Hamilton concluded by thanking his team for their hard work in putting together the W15 over the winter months. He stated: “I know what this team is capable of. I am incredibly grateful for the work of every single person in this team. Every time you’re in the factory, you can see the sheer drive and determination of everyone.

“We are all mega-motivated for the year ahead and will be giving it everything we’ve got on the journey ahead,” added  Hamilton who shortly after the launch was behind the wheel of the W15 for its on-track debut at the Silverstone Circuit.

After that, the next time we will see Hamilton and Mercedes in action will be during pre-season testing, which begins on 21 February at the Bahrain International Circuit.