Lewis Hamilton: I don’t see any progress
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Mercedes is unable to find the right form this season and they are far from what is expected of them. Wolff and the team are aware of everything, but they will have to do their best if they want to match others. After the qualifications, Hamilton finished fifth, and motorsport reporters asked Hamilton if the car was better:
“I don't know what is coming yet, but I'm really, really hopeful,” he said, as quoted by motorsport “I know everyone is working really, really hard, but we've had three races and no progress in the three races.
“So I really hope over this next week we can get as much information as we can from the race tomorrow, and I hope that we're able to somehow figure out how we can fix something for the next race”. Pushed on whether he was concerned by the lack of progress, Hamilton said: “It's been quite a short turnaround.
It takes a long time to make stuff. There's nothing particularly exciting coming at the moment. I wish I could be optimistic, like yeah the next one we've got something better coming. But at the moment we don't”. Still, not everything is as black as it seems, but it is still far from what they want.
However, Hamilton also revealed the biggest problem with his car.
“In some places it doesn't feel terrible: it's just not as fast as the others,” he said. “Where I'm really unhappy is the porpoising. That's the worst characteristic I've experienced in the car.
And we can't get rid of it at the moment”.
Russell on his problems
George Russell has also complained about the same problem and this is creating big difficulties for them. Russell found that things like this also affect self-confidence because it's hard to overtake drivers “The biggest thing for me at the moment is just still the bouncing,” he explained, after qualifying sixth.
“I've been trying all sorts of things to be on the limit of the bouncing, and then it's costing me a lot of speed through the high-speed corners. And that's where I lose all my lap time.
“I don't have the confidence to attack with the bouncing.
And you know, it's such a unique feeling from within the car, and when the car is going up and down, up and down, you cannot throw it into these high-speed corners. So it's tricky to find the right compromise”. Long season for Mercedes. We'll see if they can make it to the end though