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Why "grounded" Hamilton remains confident in Mercedes' F1 recovery

The nasty surprise of Mercedes’ fall from grace last year has left Lewis Hamilton cautious. But that old faith in his team remains as solid as it has ever been as the seven-time world champion begins his 11th campaign at the Brackley team

"Different!" laughs Lewis Hamilton. But something is the same. The Mercedes driver is facing the media at his team's Silverstone pre-season shakedown filming day, but the conversation is taking place via Zoom. Eco- and cost-friendly, easier to manage prying questions, better to keep things hidden.

No Formula 1 team wants stories about its new car leaking out early, so this is an understandable arrangement. But, despite the sky-high interest in the performance capabilities of the new W14, rumours nevertheless surface that things don't go completely to plan for the new machine's initial running… 

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