Lewis Hamilton and George Russell disagree about Mercedes’ chances at Azerbaijan GP

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LEWIS HAMILTON and George Russell have struggled to match the pacesetters all season in a dire 2022 season for Mercedes.

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Lewis Hamilton has disagreed with George Russell over Mercedes’ possibilities to compete on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The seven-time champion warned the monitor is ‘not nice’ for his or her automobile in a dire prediction for the weekend regardless of admitting ‘a number of work’ has been completed again on the manufacturing unit.

He burdened the Mercedes is best on ‘smoother circuits’ and never bumpier road tracks. Nonetheless, Russell was extra optimistic, suggesting the staff may get pleasure from ‘Barcelona tempo’ this weekend.

Talking within the press convention on Friday, Hamilton mentioned: “Numerous work’s gone on. I hope it is not as bumpy as Monaco however we’ll discover out after we get on the market at present. Like everybody was saying, decrease downforce needs to be higher, I hope so.”

When requested if the structure performed extra to the automobile’s strengths than Monaco the place Mercedes struggled, Hamilton was much less optimistic.

He added: “Not notably. Whenever you discuss automobile strengths, I do not know which of them we are able to align to right here.

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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell disagree about Mercedes' chances at Azerbaijan GP

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell disagree over Mercedes possibilities (Picture: Getty / Sky Sports activities F1)

“We’re clearly stronger on a smoother circuit. Barcelona was quite a bit higher for us, for instance. There’s extra open circuits that aren’t as bumpy, this can be a bumpier circuit.

“So not essentially nice for the traits inside our automobile however it may be smoother, it may be okay.” His feedback appeared to distinction these from Russell, who claimed the staff may count on a return to the tempo seen on the Spanish Grand Prix.

At Barcelona, Hamilton had the tempo to get well from an early spin to complete within the prime 5 whereas the staff had been only some tenths off Ferrari and Pink Bull in qualifying.

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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell disagree about Mercedes' chances at Azerbaijan GP

Lewis Hamilton lies sixth within the drivers’ standings after a troublesome begin to the season (Picture: Getty)

Russell mentioned: “I believe Monaco was a tricky one to take any actual info from as a result of it is such a novel circuit. The problems you face there are so distinctive to Monaco that we’re simply type of constructing off Barcelona.

“Barcelona was the primary race the place we had this new replace bundle on the automobile and we’re simply always growing. I believe this will probably be a very good weekend to know it additional. I don’t suppose we will probably be proper again within the struggle. I believe we’ll most likely be Barcrelona pace-wise, what we noticed there, not too distant.”

Up to now this season, Russell has gotten the higher of team-mate Hamilton and lies 34 factors forward. The previous Williams man has overwhelmed his extra skilled team-mate at each race bar one this season and completed within the prime 5 at each occasion.

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