LEWIS HAMILTON had a sombre message for his workforce after a irritating qualifying session in Jeddah.
Lewis Hamilton to vary his identify
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Lewis Hamilton delivered an apology to his Mercedes workforce after failing to make it previous Q1 in Saudi Arabia. Having wound up in sixteenth, it’s the first time the Brit has didn’t make it into the second qualifying session since Brazil in 2017.
Hamilton trailed miles behind team-mate George Russell who breezed into the second qualifying session. Doubts had been subsequently raised in regards to the Silver Arrows’ automotive set-up or whether or not one thing was defective with the 37-year-old’s Mercedes.
Regardless of pushing onerous on his closing flying lap and momentarily climbing out of the hazard zone, Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll crossed the road shortly afterwards and pushed him proper again down. After listening to the unhealthy information, Hamilton stated over the workforce radio: “I am so sorry.”
Alex Albon, Nico Hulkenburg, Nicholas Latifi and Yuki Tsunoda will be a part of the Brit in direction of the again of the grid on Sunday.
Lewis Hamilton didn’t make it to Q2 in Jeddah (Picture: GETTY)
Ominously for the Silver Arrows, the entire backside 5 finishers had been powered by Mercedes engines. Much more troubling, maybe, is the truth that Hamilton has not failed to succeed in Q2 attributable to an absence of tempo for the reason that British Grand Prix all the best way again in 2009.
Again then Hamilton was a bright-eyed 24-year-old with simply the solitary world title to his identify. By now, nonetheless, the Mercedes man is a seasoned veteran with seven world titles within the financial institution, and regardless of his workforce’s early-season considerations, the end result nonetheless took many abruptly.
Mercedes’ lack of tempo grew to become obvious throughout final weekend’s curtain-raiser in Bahrain when Ferrari and Pink Bull led the best way in qualifying. That translated to Sunday’s race too, and Charles Leclerc obtained the Prancing Horse’s season off to a powerful begin by claiming his third F1 victory.
The Silver Arrows had been gifted an unlikely podium, nonetheless, when each Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen had been pressured to retire their Pink Bulls. Hamilton and co had been afforded no such luck when qualifying obtained underway in Jeddah.
George Russell comfortably made it via to Q2 in Saudi Arabia (Picture: GETTY)
After Hamilton’s shock exit, Mercedes advised Sky Sports activities’ Paul Di Resta: “The automobiles are very comparable and we might want to examine why the efficiency delta is so vital.” The previous Power India and Williams driver added: “They’re clearly as confused as we’re in regards to the variations, and what they will do on the parc ferme.
“I suppose, to this point on the again, if there’s something incorrect they will take the penalty. It’s totally odd, very unusual for Lewis to be the place he’s.”