LEWIS HAMILTON’s Australian Grand Prix weekend obtained off to a troublesome begin.
What’s gone unsuitable with Mercedes and might they recuperate?
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Lewis Hamilton has been summoned to the stewards for impeding Lance Stroll within the second follow session on the Australian Grand Prix. The seven-time champion attended the steward workplace at 8.30am BST (5.30pm native time in Melbourne).
A message from the FIA mentioned it was for “unnecessarily impeding Automobile 18 in Flip 13”. The incident in query occurred at the beginning of Friday’s second free follow session when Carlos Sainz was caught behind Stroll. Hamilton was exiting the nook simply forward of the pair.
It got here simply hours after Hamilton and Stroll have been concerned in an identical encounter in FP1. Stroll moaned to his race engineer over workforce radio he had been impeded by the seven-time champion on the run to show 11.
The Mercedes driver had slowed down and did not see Stroll was on a fast lap behind. Nonetheless, the stewards later confirmed that no additional motion could be taken on the incident.
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Lewis Hamilton has been summoned to the stewards (Picture: Getty)
Hamilton involves Australia determined to search out efficiency after a poor begin to 2022.
The Briton is mendacity round 30 factors behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc within the drivers’ standings after struggling within the opening two races. Hamilton picked up a podium in Bahrain however may solely handle tenth in Saudi Arabia.
It means his new team-mate George Russell is forward of him within the factors standings. Mercedes’ struggles continued on Friday with an absence of tempo in comparison with their rivals.
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Each drivers have been exterior the highest 10 with Russell eleventh and Hamilton thirteenth. Most regarding for the Silver Arrows is that many midfield groups appear to have taken a step ahead this weekend.
Alpine seemed sturdy with Alonso solely half a second off the pace-setting Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in fourth. Esteban Ocon was sixth quickest whereas McLaren has additionally improved on their efficiency in Saudi Arabia.
Norris was eighth in FP2 with Ricciardo a tenth behind in his residence Grand Prix. Each drivers have been exterior the highest 10 with Russell eleventh and Hamilton thirteenth.
Mercedes have been anticipated to introduce new upgrades in Australia however these haven’t been put in. Staff principal Toto Wolff has warned the workforce won’t discover an immediate answer to their issues for this race weekend.
He mentioned: “There received’t be a magic repair for the subsequent race weekend, however we’re pushing to steadily deliver good points over the upcoming races, to hopefully transfer us nearer to the entrance of the pack.
“Till then, we have to maximise every alternative and profit from the bundle we’ve got.”