Although he tried week after week to cultivate optimism for his team, it seems it has come to an end. Lewis Hamilton is furious, given that Mercedes is not giving him what he wants. The Japanese GP has so far proved to be a bad trip for Mercedes, as they were once again far from their goals.
In an interview with the media, Hamilton revealed what the main problem was. It seems as if the Brit is already focused on next year and the new concept. "Yesterday was a bad day. Each weekend we are having, out of the three days there is at least one bad day,” Hamilton said, as quoted by crash.net!
"The balance didn't feel great yesterday, we did some changes and good work overnight, and the car has felt generally really nice today. The car has been nice to drive through P3, so I've been feeling much more confident.
Then in qualifying I was giving it everything but that seven-tenth deficit we have in sector one, it's all rear-end. Our car has loads of load on the front and not as much as we need on the rear. So we're a really long way down on that and for me it's 100 percent clear its [the] concept and we have got to make sure we change that for next year, which hopefully we will”.
Lewis Hamilton on the team's progress
Lewis believes that there is room for progress, given that other teams have shown that there really is a chance for progress. Aston Martin and McLaren are the best examples of this.
The Brit has less and less patience. Mercedes needs to take some steps, although this problem is becoming stronger week by week. With these kinds of problems, he will hardly have a chance for bigger things in the future. “It’s a steep gap that we have to close for next year but you’ve seen what the Astons done coming into this year, so you can make big steps.
You’ve seen what the McLarens have done this year by going down the Red Bull route, they are now ahead of us on a track like this."