After shaky pre-season testing and opening race for the Mercedes team in terms of pace and not the result, the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is looking hopeful heading into the second race of the 2022 season. This optimism was reflected in the driver’s comments during the presser ahead of the first free practice session of the Saudi Arabian GP.
While speaking to the press, Lewis Hamilton, said, “We have not changed much in the car. We are working flat out at the factory to understand what the issues are and fix it. Hopefully, with the smooth surface, it won’t be as bumpy. Huge amount of work has gone in over the last three days.”
He added, “I am so proud of my team keeping their heads down and churning away working through the numbers. Working out how to solve the issues without losing performance and rather gaining it.”
Lewis Hamilton highlights the issues pertaining the car
The driver bagged P3 on the opening weekend despite several issues with the Mercedes W13. We saw the drivers dealing with severe porpoising and lack of pace. But as fate would have it, Red Bull’s DNFs helped the team to bag more points and have a good start to the 2022 season.
While going into the second weekend, Lewis Hamilton has emphasized that porpoising remains an issue of concern for the team. He said that there are things for them to try this weekend. He says the long straights won’t be exciting with the amount of bounce “of we have it.”
He added, “It is… I don’t know if anyone here has bouncing. When I sat down speaking to the engineers it’s something we haven’t experienced before but we are working on it. We are trying to work as hard as possible to find a solution as quick as possible.”
The Saudi Arabian GP will take place on Sunday, under the night sky, on one of the fastest and most challenging circuits of the calendar. The newness of the circuit makes the race altogether more exciting. The race will start at 5:00 PM GMT.