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Lewis Hamilton shares upbeat message with ‘confident’ Mercedes prediction

Lewis Hamilton appears to have changed his tune on his Mercedes thoughts as he's issued a 'confident' prediction for the team moving forward, following an indifferent performance in Miami.

Both Mercedes cars were able to finish in the points, with George Russell in fifth ahead of Hamilton in sixth, but it was another weekend of frustration for the defending Constructor's Champions as they once again lacked pace despite promising signs from Russell on Friday.

Russell set the fastest lap time in the second practice session, sparking hope of a potential three-way battle for pole in Saturday's qualifying, but the former Williams man was eliminated in Q2, while Hamilton was unable to challenge Ferrari and Red Bull.

That has sparked a response from Russell who stated that the assessment of Mercedes chief Toto Wolff was an 'understatement', while Hamilton himself previously hit out as tempers flared during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend – where he was lapped by rival Max Verstappen.

However, the seven-time world champion seems to have changed his tune and has adopted a more optimistic outlook on the remainder of the season when given his post-Miami assessments on Instagram with comments in his story that read: "Thank you to everyone who showed support at the weekend, to the people who came to the track and the people who watched from home.

"Reflecting on Miami, we picked up some good points for the team and again what an amazing drive from George Russell. Overall it's a good sign we're moving in the right direction. We still have some snags to sort out but I'm confident that the team will pull through, they always do."

Mercedes introduced an upgrade package for Miami which seemed to help, with both cars able to pick up points, but further improvements are necessary and will be brought in for the upcoming double-header in Barcelona and Monaco.

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Despite his clear optimism, he doesn't think there has been significant performance improvements so far this season as he said after Miami: “Unfortunately we are at the same speed as we were in the first race. We haven’t improved in these five races but I am hopeful, we have to keep trying and keep working hard.”

Mercedes' biggest problem has been the 'porpoising' at high speeds on the straights, which have cost them significant lap time whereas rivals like Ferrari have also encountered those issues but have been able to fight for the title.

Hamilton currently sits sixth in the Driver's Championship, behind both Ferraris, the two Red Bulls and teammate Russell, while Mercedes are third in the Constructor's Championship.

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