Mercedes theory floating around F1 paddock about ‘root of the problem’ for Lewis Hamilton

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LEWIS HAMILTON has desperately struggled for Mercedes this season by his excessive requirements.

Mercedes: What’s gone mistaken on the F1 and may they get better?

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Folks exterior of Mercedes within the System One paddock have a suspicion over what the ‘root of the issue’ is for the staff and Lewis Hamilton specifically, it has been claimed. The reigning world champions are nicely adrift within the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships this season with their agency grip on the latter set to be relinquished by Ferrari or Pink Bull later this yr.

Though newcomer George Russell has managed top-five finishes in all 5 races of the season thus far, Hamilton has struggled and has recorded finishes of P3, P10, P4, P13 and P6. Hamilton is 23 factors behind Russell, who’s fourth within the standings, and 66 adrift of championship chief Charles Leclerc after the Miami Grand Prix.

Mercedes have struggled specifically with porpoising, which sees the automobile visibly bounce up and down at excessive pace. Ferrari have additionally endured the difficulty but it surely has not affected their tempo not like the way it has hampered the Silver Arrows, whose staff principal Toto Wolff has admitted are “no man’s land” in between title-fighting Ferrari and Pink Bull and the midfield groups.

And BBC Sport report that amid Mercedes’ struggles, there are numerous exterior of the staff inside F1 who suspect the W13’s idea is hurting them. The automobile is completely different to its friends in that it has slimline sidepods and a extra uncovered flooring on the rear.

Mercedes theory floating around F1 paddock about 'root of the problem' for Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes idea floating round F1 paddock about ‘root of the issue’ for Lewis Hamilton (Picture: GETTY)

Mercedes, who’ve received all the final eight staff titles since 2014, have admitted they may even return to the earlier automobile design they’d at testing in Barcelona, which had much less radical sidepods. Wolff added: “I would not low cost something, however we have to give all of our individuals who have produced nice racecars prior to now the good thing about the doubt, and we consider that is the path to go down.

“Barcelona [for the Spanish Grand Prix] is certainly going to be a cut-off date once we are in a position to correlate with what we have seen in February [at testing] and collect extra information. As a matter of reality, we have to perceive – earlier than you decide to change to a different idea – the place did this one go mistaken? What’s the goodness of the idea and what’s the badness of the idea?

“That may be a query you may solely reply to your self, however I’d be asking ourselves to get a solution after Barcelona as a result of that is the actual correlation we’ve got. It is clear that there’s potential within the automobile, which is quick. However we simply do not perceive the right way to unlock the potential.”

Mercedes theory floating around F1 paddock about 'root of the problem' for Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes idea floating round F1 paddock about ‘root of the issue’ for Lewis Hamilton (Picture: GETTY)

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Seven-time world champion Hamilton nonetheless mentioned after Miami: “Sadly not. We had been the identical pace as we had been within the first race. We have simply obtained to maintain attempting. We have now not improved in these 5 races.

“I am hopeful that at some stage we are going to however we’ve got simply obtained to maintain attempting, maintain working laborious. The porpoising was not as dangerous in Miami – it will probably differ from observe to trace, from race to race. It wasn’t actually dangerous in Miami… however we had been simply not quick.”

Hamilton, Wolff and Mercedes return to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix on Could 20-22. Hamilton has received the final 5 Grands Prix in Barcelona, however that streak will certainly come to an finish later this month.

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