Lewis Hamilton spotted working hard

Mercedes have struggled to find a way to break Red Bull’s stranglehold on Formula 1 this season, finding themselves off the pace of their rivals.

Lewis Hamilton has addressed the recent challenges facing Mercedes after Azerbaijan saw the team once again struggle to fight for a front row position.

Hamilton will start Sunday’s Grand Prix in fifth, behind both Red Bulls and the two Ferraris, while his teammate George Russell is further back in P11.

The challenging start for Sunday’s Grand Prix marks the latest in a string of issues for Mercedes, as they seek to find a way to get back in the title fight under the new era of regulations.

Showing his dedication to the team, even under the current circumstance, Hamilton has been working late with the team, remaining at the track long after sessions to attempt to identify what improvements can be made.

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Taking to social media, Hamilton shared his late night session in Azerbaijan, as the team seeks to capitalise on the opportunity for a second podium.

Mercedes picked up their first silverware at the last Grand Prix in Australia, taking P2 behind Max Verstappen and ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Azerbaijan isn’t a happy hunting ground for Hamilton, as the seven-time world champion has only picked up one victory around the circuit.

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Given the struggles the team has had so far this season, it’s unlikely that he’ll take victory on the streets of Baku this year but that won’t stop Hamilton trying to pressure his rivals into a mistake that can push him up the grid.

In a bid to revive their chances, Mercedes recently reshuffled the team back at their home base, bringing James Allison back as technical director and moving Mike Elliott to the role of chief technical officer.

With Mercedes fighting Aston Martin in the Constructors’ race, Azerbaijan proves a chance for the Silver Arrows to grab a lead over the UK-based rivals.