The seven-time champion is 1.2 seconds off the tempo as any potential title hopes slip away
For the third Method 1 race in a row, Lewis Hamilton is struggling and Mercedes‘ spectacular W13 isn’t releasing its potential and the brutal bouncing at excessive velocity is stopping it from performing both in sluggish corners or on the quick straights.
Since 2014, with the arrival of hybrid engines, Hamilton, who has been used to working a second a lap forward, is now relegated to the center of the pack, round 1.2 seconds behind the leaders. The Bahrain GP miracle, the place he managed a podium end after the double retirement of the 2 Purple Bulls, made up for the truth that the Mercedes aren’t, for the second, among the many prime three automobiles.
“Nothing you alter on the automobile makes a distinction in the meanwhile, so that is the tough factor,” Hamilton advised Sky Sports activities F1.
“You understand, you get in [the car] very optimistic and then you definitely make adjustments, after which it would not appear to be wanting to enhance.
“We made some adjustments going into P2, however P1 was higher and P2 ended up being a bit more durable for me. So, I do not know, it is only a tough automobile.”
Mercedes had been hoping to carry upgrades to Australia, however they did not arrive and are anticipated to take action when Method 1 strikes to Europe for the following race.
“I do not suppose it will be tough to seek out our method again, there’s simply not so much we will do,” Hamilton continued.
“That is the best way it’s, and so we simply should drive with it. So, that is simply the irritating factor since you’re attempting to push, you are attempting to catch, and even once you do a good lap, it is 1.2s down. You understand, it is simply tough.”
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With the seventh and thirteenth quickest occasions in Friday follow, Hamilton is at risk of dropping out of the title battle at this early stage of the F1 season.