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Fred Vasseur shoots down questions about Lewis Hamilton

Fred Vasseur shoots down questions about Lewis Hamilton

Although British GP winner Lewis Hamilton will replace Carlos Sainz at Ferrari next year, team boss Fred Vasseur has opted to give Sainz some much-needed attention. Vasseur wants to prioritize the present, focusing on supporting and optimizing the performance of the current driver line-up.

Hamilton secured his first Grand Prix victory since 2021, making it a record ninth win at his home race in Silverstone. For the seven-time world champion, the triumph was more than just a win; it was a powerful statement to the F1 community, confirming that he remains a formidable race-winning contender.

The win was also a major relief for Mercedes, who had endured a series of months without a win since 2022 until George Russell’s recent triumph at the Austrian Grand Prix. With back-to-back wins, this period marks a revival for Mercedes in the Ground Effect era of Formula 1.

Vasseur and Hamilton have a friendly relationship, so Vasseur was genuinely happy with Hamilton’s win in the British GP. However, when asked by the media about Hamilton, Vasseur made sure to give credit first to his current driver, Sainz, who secured P5. Speaking to PlanetF1.com he said:

“I would have preferred to give Carlos the confidence this weekend.

“We will have time to discuss this, but I am happy for him because I think he deserved it. But we will have time next year to talk about Lewis, that is not the topic of today.”

Vasseur is focused on returning the team to its previous form, which saw both drivers consistently score points. His aim is to ensure Ferrari’s current line-up can repeat their strong performances from the start of the season. He added:

“We have enough discussions at the moment. We will welcome him later.”

“Now we have to get back the same momentum from the first part of the season, because we are still second in the championship and if we can score points again with both cars I am sure the situation can improve.”