LEWIS HAMILTON and George Russell had a tricky Friday in Emilia-Romagna, with qualifying struggles turning into an undesirable theme of the 2022 season.
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Former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg has labelled Mercedes’ continued struggles ‘unbelievable’ after one other powerful day for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. The duo didn’t make it past Q2 at Imola, with the identical points cropping as much as spoil the Silver Arrows’ possibilities of gate-crashing the enterprise finish of the grid.
As drivers embark on their fourth race weekend of the season, Mercedes seem no nearer to getting on prime of their crippling porpoising subject. All on the manufacturing unit are believed to be working their fingers to the bone in an try to get the staff again on observe, however they’re nonetheless a way off the leaders.
Hamilton and Russell have been left to wrestle their bouncing Mercedes’ round Imola, and each drivers squeezed by way of Q1 by the pores and skin of their tooth. Certainly, they heading for bottom-five catastrophe earlier than they have been each saved by their ultimate sizzling laps.
“My goodness it’s unbelievable to see how Mercedes is struggling on the market,” Rosberg advised Sky Sports activities throughout the day’s first qualifying session, “You possibly can see the leaping with George Russell, it simply offers you again and complications simply watching it, it’s unbelievable.
Nico Rosberg can not consider the place Mercedes have discovered themselves in at this stage of 2022 (Picture: GETTY)
“You get to the tip of the straight and it’s a must to slam the brakes and you haven’t any confidence to assault the automobile when it’s bouncing like that. They’re actually combating with that automobile and so they can not appear to grasp what to do to type it out aerodynamically. It’s unbelievable to see them again there. I feel they’ll exit in Q2.”
Certainly, the previous Mercedes man’s prediction got here true as Russell wound up in P11 and Hamilton two additional again in P13. The latter has taken the brunt of the fall-out given his seven world titles, and he has painted a grim image on quite a few events this season.
Hamilton and staff principal Toto Wolff seemed to be caught up in a heated alternate after the double Mercedes Q2 exit was confirmed. The Brit refused to elaborate when quizzed on the matter, however did admit that the staff ‘didn’t do issues that they need to have’.
The 37-year-old additionally heaped reward on the Silver Arrows manufacturing unit who’re working onerous to treatment the staff’s points, however added that ‘each weekend is a rescue for the time being’. He and Russell’s rescue operation will start on Saturday within the dash qualifying race.
Lewis Hamilton was confronted with contact questions after a disappointing Friday (Picture: GETTY)
Sandwiched between the Mercedes duo is Haas’ Mick Schumacher, whereas Russell is more likely to have a tough time combating previous Carlos Sainz immediately forward of him within the Ferrari until he can observe the Spaniard in working his method by way of the pack.
Max Verstappen tops the pile with Charles Leclerc making up the entrance row. Friday’s chaotic qualifying classes might be adopted my extra drama on Saturday, with Imola already having punished quite a few drivers within the damp climate.