Hamilton not expecting win at Silverstone
12 June 2013 – Mercedes Grand Prix driver Lewis Hamilton claimed third place in Canada last weekend, but the Briton is not expecting a much better performance at his home Grand Prix at the end of this month. According to Hamilton a win at Silverstone is not very realistic.
Speaking with The Guardian Hamilton said after the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal: “I don't leave here thinking I'm going to Silverstone with the possibility of winning. Not when I've just seen the pace of the Ferrari and the Red Bull. They are massively quick.
“Sebastian Vettel was pulling away from me at a second per lap. We're not going to gain a second before the next race. But we can definitely beat the rest. I think Silverstone will be a real challenge for us. Tyre degradation will be a real challenge for us there. There are lots of high-speed corners so there is lots of opportunity to degrade the tyres. Winning the GP there in 2008 was unlike any other experience I have had.”
“I've just said to the guys (at Mercedes) we need to work harder. We have a great qualifying car, and it feels great in the race now. But we need to make another big step. There are things on other cars which we haven't got. Things on the Ferrari and Red Bull, and I'll say: 'Why haven't we got that?' And they'll say: 'We're testing that in three weeks.' And I'll say: 'Why not test it now?' I always try to keep pushing the guys.”