Lewis Hamilton has refuted suggestions Mercedes have turned a corner, the Briton saying they are still stuck going around it “very slowly”.

Mercedes, yet to win a grand prix this season, showed signs of progress at Silverstone and again at the Red Bull Ring, so much so they went to France dreaming of a win.

Their dismal pace was, as Toto Wolff put it, a “slap in the face”.

Hamilton qualified ninth-tenths down on Charles Leclerc and although he finished the grand prix P2, leading home George Russell in Mercedes’ first double podium of the championship, he was never in contention for the win.

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