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Lewis Hamilton climbing into his W15 Mercedes for day two of pre-season testing

Lewis Hamilton reveals his verdict on the W15 following testing

Lewis Hamilton took part in his first official on-track testing of the new W15 Mercedes during day two of pre-season testing. After completing 123 laps, the second largest amount on the day, the seven-time world champion gave his verdict on the new challenger

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After finishing P3 at the end of day two of pre-season testing, Lewis Hamilton remarks that the W15 is a “good foundation” for Mercedes to build on

Lewis Hamilton taking to the track during the PM session on the day two of testing
Lewis Hamilton taking to the track during the PM session on day two of testing. (Image Credit: @MercedesAMGF1 on X)

Throughout the 2023 Formula One season, Lewis Hamilton was one of Mercedes’ biggest critics. The seven-time world champion famously commented that he thought that the team wasn’t listening to his opinion or feedback. While he remains on good terms with Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff, perhaps it is not surprising that he will make the change to Ferrari in 2025.

However, before Hamilton can make the greatly anticipated move, the Brit must first complete his final season with the Silver Arrows. During day two of pre-season testing at Bahrain, Hamilton finally completed his first eight hours behind the wheel of the W15.

Following the conclusion of running on day two, Hamilton spoke to the media regarding his first thoughts on the new car. He said:

“It was a productive day out there. We gathered lots of learnings about the W15, both in our long-running and single-lap work. We’ve clearly made an improvement with this year’s car and it’s much nicer to drive.”

He continued, “A big thank you to everyone at [the factories in] Brackley and Brixworth for the efforts they’ve put in to deliver that over the past year. I’m really grateful for all their hard work.”

Hamilton added that while the team “still [have] got progress to make,” they have built a “good foundation.” Unlike last season, when the British driver seemingly couldn’t wait to leave the W14 behind, he remarked that he was “looking forward to being back in the car tomorrow.”

Has Mercedes made a step forward?

While we won’t truly know the running order of the grid until qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix next week, the front runners appear closely matched. Although Red Bull may have an early advantage, especially considering their rumoured Japan upgrade package, there will still be a lot of on-track action.

The likes of Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren, and Aston Martin appear to have a similar pace. Additionally, Visa Cash App RB, Williams, and Alpine may have also moved closer to the fight.

During the final day of pre-season testing, both Hamilton and Russell will be back on track as they finish their final run plans. Russell appears to have very similar feedback to his teammate regarding the W15’s performance.

Feature Image Credit: @MercedesAMGF1 on X

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