The British Grand Prix has finally arrived and with it, rain in first practice. The wet track prevented FP1 from having a lot of action, however, FP2 was action-packed to make up for lost time.
After a difficult season for Mercedes, Hamilton managed to get on the podium at the Canadian GP thanks to improvements to the car, and after FP2 in Silverstone, the British driver said he was optimistic after he was the fastest after Sainz's Ferrari and only 0.163 seconds behind the Spaniard. The Mercedes driver is confident that the German team is starting to have a good chance against the leading teams in the championship: Red Bull and Ferrari.
When questioned about the W13's improvements, the 37-year-old replied: "The improvement has nothing to do with the handling, it's literally downforce."
"And it's difficult to feel it because we have two very different circuits. We came from a low downforce, low speed circuit to a medium to high speed circuit, so we couldn't feel the car like last week [in Canada], but it's much smoother this track, which is much better, a bit more like Barcelona in that sense.
"But this is the best track out there. It's still spooky and just epic to drive and we're still struggling with the car a little bit.
"Our pace in long runs is not as good as the others, but it's not miles off. So it's definitely an improvement. I'm sure overnight we'll be able to work and improve the car the way we want to."
Also, when questioned about the areas in which the W13 is still struggling, car 44 on the grid commented, "I think it's still bouncing around quite a bit, not necessarily in a straight line but in the corners it's quite hard."
"It's not hard physically, but it's hard on the car, on the tyres and everything. So we still have work to do, but it feels like a small step forward."
During the Canadian GP, the seven-time world champion said he couldn't drive the car like he used to there, however, Hamilton claimed he is enjoying the experience. "It's this car, you can't drive the tracks the same as before with this car with how stiff it is, the right characteristics and this porpoising that we have which is largely because of the stiffness of the ride," he said.
"So no, it's not the same, but I still have fun at Maggotts and Becketts and it's also great at [Turn 9] as we used to have fun there. But Turn 1 is great and Maggotts and Becketts is still very mega, and Stowe, those are my favourite corners."
Fellow Briton George Russell said he had a bit more trouble with the low fuel level than his team-mate, who "put in a really strong lap."
The driver of car 63 also said: "The high fuel was definitely more promising, I think, compared to the McLaren who were on the hard, the same as us," said Russell.
Like Hamilton, the young Mercedes driver feels much more confident with the car this weekend, however, he says there is still room for improvement:
"We were much quicker and at the end, when the tyres warmed up, we were quicker than the Ferraris. In the end, they have been falling behind, we have been improving lap after lap.
"There are some positive signs, but there is definitely room for improvement, I'm sure."