Lewis Hamilton hasn’t been a happy man lately and after Friday practice, things haven’t improved much for the former 7-time World Champion.
Lewis Hamilton was 13th at the end of FP2 in Canada and during his post-practice interview, the Brit didn’t seem too optimistic about his chances in the upcoming Grand Prix.
Hamilton was seen doing new experiments on his Car in Montreal but none seem to work on the W13 which is becoming more and more undrivable for Hamilton as the season is progressing.
While talking about Friday practice Hamilton said, “Nothing we do to this car generally seems to work.”
“I and George went with many different setups in FP2 just to see if one way worked and one way doesn’t. I’ll wait to hear how it was for him, but for me, it was a disaster.”
“It’s like the car is getting worse, like it’s getting more and more unhappy the more we do to it. We’ll keep working on it and it is what it is, [as] I think this is the car for the year.”
“We just have to tough it out and work hard on building a better car for next year.“
Lewis Hamilton: It’s not the Montreal that I know
Lewis Hamilton has had a tumultuous time this season with one thing or the other and after Friday practice the Brit felt that the W13 was extremely stiff and he was not at all comfortable while driving it.
Hamilton while reminiscing the Montreal of the past said, “It’s not the Montreal that I know, that I’m used to, and that I’ve experienced in my career.”
“So I’m hoping overnight, we can try and make some changes. But fundamentally, it’s just the fundamentals of a car: it is what it is. And it’s going to be a struggle.”
While Hamilton finished FP2 in 13th, his teammate George Russell also did not have the best of sessions as the young Brit was only able to manage P7.
After the session, Russell felt that Mercedes this year hasn’t met the expectations that they had before coming to Canada and said, “Our performance wasn’t where we wanted it to be.”
“We’re quite a long way off the pace compared to the front two teams. But also, there’s a couple of guys – Fernando [Alonso], and Sebastian [Vettel] – that are very strong as well. “
“So we’ve got work to do.”
Things are not looking very bright for the Brackley-based Mercedes team and after Russell’s assessment, it seems they have got competition from not only the top two teams but also from midfield teams like Alpine and Aston Martin.
How do you think are they going to go on a fast-paced Montreal street circuit?