The start to Lewis Hamilton’s season has been disastrous, to say the least, as he has struggled to come to grips with the W-13. But it would be harsh to put all the blame on the car as his team mate George Russell seems to getting more out of the same car on the same track with the same set of tyres at time. The difficulties were vividly evident in pre season testing but we overlooked the issues thinking it’s Mercedes and they will solve it.
But that hasn’t happened as their star driver has looked uncomfortable during the entirety of the opening two races. The biggest shock came in Jeddah. The Seven-time World Champion who had been a regular feature in the first row of the race grid for the past few seasons since he joined Mercedes. But the unthinkable happened as Hamilton was knocked out for the first time in his career since the 2017 Brazilian GP.
There were changes that were set to be made to the brand new W-13 after a terrible weekend in Jeddah. But nothing seems to have been working for Mercedes as their troubles continued for the best part of two free practice sessions in Melbourne. Both the drivers looked frustrated as there was nothing more than they could do with that car than what they did.
Lewis Hamilton expresses his helplessness after a below par practice session in Melbourne
Lewis Hamilton came out and expressed his frustration and disappointment. He said, “I feel good, I feel ok, it was just a difficult session.”
“There is just not a lot we can do. This is the way it is so we just have to drive with it.”
“That is the frustrating thing because you are trying to push and when you do a decent lap, you are 1.2 seconds down so it is just difficult.” As reported by gpfans.
The problems seem to be mounting up for Mercedes and the seven time world champion, Lewis Hamilton. If the team is not able to find the answers sooner rather than later, they are in for a disastrous season by their own high standards.