Lewis Hamilton on impressions after Bahrain testing
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F1 pre-season testing in Bahrain was a big challenge for all the teams. They determined where they are 'short', but also what they are good at. Mercedes is a team that by all accounts is happy with what they have seen, although of course there is still room for improvement.
After Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton emphasized the team and the mentality that has been the same for many years. He is satisfied with how hard everyone is working and trying to make Mercedes fight for the title again. “It’s been an interesting few days.
It’s never easy. There’s been a lot of discovery. I think the thing that I have been most impressed with is that it’s my 11th year with the team and everyone’s turned up with the same mentality, working hard.
No one has been complacent. We realise that we have a mountain to climb and no one has fussed. Everyone has kept their heads down. Really proud of that, everyone in the garage, back here and at the factory will be going through all of this data and pushing on.
Reliability has generally been good, obviously we had a stop yesterday but generally it's been relatively good. At the end, it’s always nice when the track gets a bit cooler and you put on the softer tires, and see the steps between them all.
We’re not quite where we want to be but it’s a good platform to start from. ”- Lewis said, as quoted by crash.net
Bouncing is again one of the problems. “It was last year and it is a little bit this year.
Bouncing has gone. I mean sometimes it occurs a little bit but most of the time it’s not there. It’s just a much beautiful world to be in when it’s not bouncing so you can see the road ahead, better for the body. We do have some pace to pick up in a straight-line”