Lewis Hamilton gives insight into his three big weekly meetings

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The current straight-line speed of the ‘Silver Arrows’ is likely to favour them in the pivotal upcoming races, firstly in Saudi Arabia this Sunday before the season finale in Abu Dhabi seven days later.

Hamilton, 36, is chasing a record-breaking eighth world crown, and his car has looked formidable since his team opted to install a new internal combustion engine ahead of the race in Sao Paulo.

However, the 2022 season will see vast changes as new technical regulations are introduced, a notion that Hamilton and his team are in regular dialogue about.

The British driver though, has revealed that meetings between him and Mercedes chiefs are all part of the norm, especially following a race weekend.

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“When I come away from the races, my big meetings I usually have with Shov [Andrew Shovlin], generally at the end of the week once they’ve collated all the data,” he told motorsport.com.

“Then, I have my meeting with Bono [Peter Bonnington], and then one with the team that are working on next year’s car, just to get an update on where they are – whether it’s heavily rearwards aero or forwards aero, what kind of ride heights we can expect, what issues are they anticipating, what challenges are they having and what they anticipate it will be like in the car.”

Shovlin has been the trackside engineering director at the Mercedes since 2011, while Bonnington has served as the team’s senior race engineer for Hamilton since 2012.

Unlike drivers such as like Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz however, Hamilton hasn’t been spending hours on the F1 simulator in preparation for 2022.

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“Right now, with the progress it’s making in the wind tunnel, there is no point driving the car because it’s on a steep learning curve,” he added.

Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated the past seven F1 seasons, winning every constructors’ title – while Hamilton (six) and Nico Rosberg (one) have made sure of a double success each time.

In this campaign, Red Bull have stood toe-to-toe with Toto Wolff’s team, but the gap between the pair and the rest has been substantial.

However, next season’s regulations are designed to stop one team from having a dominant car, and allow for closer competition throughout the field.

For now though, Hamilton’s primary focus will undoubtedly be on overhauling Verstappen over the next fortnight in the Middle East.

His titles hopes could technically be dashed this weekend, were the Dutchman to win and his rival fail to finish inside the top six.

However, were Hamilton to lead a one-two between he and Verstappen for the third successive race, and notch the fastest lap, the pair would head to Abu Dhabi with the thrilling scenario of being equal on points.



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