LEWIS HAMILTON has struggled all through the season to this point with Mercedes unable to problem.
Mika Hakkinen feels Mercedes had an odd weekend (Picture: GETTY)
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Mika Hakkinen is aware of why Lewis Hamilton was “not completely satisfied” with Mercedes on the weekend after a tense radio change between them in Miami. It has been a season to overlook for Mercedes to this point with the crew unable to compete with Purple Bull and Ferrari.
The Miami Grand Prix proved no completely different regardless of a bunch of upgrades and a promising free observe session on Friday. There was an enormous enchancment from Imola for Hamilton as he was in a position to make it via to Q3.
However porpoising points as soon as once more plagued the W13 with the Mercedes struggling to problem with Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo. The seven-time world champion then discovered himself in a troublesome place when a Security Automobile was deployed, which performed into the palms of George Russell.
Hamilton was then requested on crew radio whether or not he needed to come back in as properly, to which he frantically referred to as on Mercedes to determine on the technique. He ended up staying out on the outdated tyres and will do nothing about conserving Russell behind him.
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George Russell and Lewis Hamilton are nonetheless behind Purple Bull and Ferrari (Picture: GETTY)
It was nonetheless the perfect Mercedes may have hoped for with each Purple Bull and Ferrari proving too fast for Russell and Hamilton. Hakkinen understands Hamilton’s frustrations through the race, however feels the British racing icon might have to take a look at the larger image from the weekend.
“Mercedes had an odd weekend, in the end ending with fairly a optimistic consequence,” Hakkinen wrote for Unibet. “They regarded actually fast on Friday – George was quickest in second observe and Lewis was 4th – however because the monitor situations developed into Saturday their pace fell away.
“George did an excellent job to take care of his tyres and run lengthy within the race, holding out for a security automotive interval, and that labored very well for him. I do know Lewis was not pleased with the technique his crew gave him, however the security automotive was exterior their management and the crew ought to actually be fairly happy to have each automobiles within the prime six regardless of their issues.”
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Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff has already promised each of his drivers that upgrades will probably be made to the automotive for the Spanish Grand Prix subsequent week.
“We are going to perform a couple of experiments on the ground for this,” he mentioned. “In Barcelona, we’ll then have main modifications to the underbody, which can hopefully already be an answer.”
He added: “That is the place we’re. We aren’t as fast in qualifying and we return to the place we’re, and that’s behind the Purple Bulls and Ferraris. “We will probably be all the info now we have, that now we have generated, and attempt to discover out [why].”