Lewis Hamilton stated Mercedes’ bouncing drawback has returned after he might solely handle fifth on the grid for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The staff scored its first victory of the season in Brazil final week having persistently improved the efficiency of its W13 for the reason that season started. Mercedes began 2022 struggling issues brought on by its automotive bouncing at excessive pace.
Hamilton certified fifth, nearly seven-tenths of a second off pole-winner Max Verstappen. George Russell will share the third row of the grid along with his staff mate having qualifying was simply three-thousandths of a second slower.
“Bouncing is back, so that’s not that easy,” he informed media together with Biznewz after immediately’s session.
Although Mercedes predicted Red Bull can be stronger at Yas Marina, Hamilton admitted he “definitely wasn’t expecting to see such a big gap” in qualifying. “We’re losing six-tenths on the straight. It was reminiscent of some of the previous races before, kind of, Austin.”
Hamilton additionally complained about extra issues along with his brakes throughout qualifying. He stated Mercedes have a number of key weaknesses on their automotive which they should remedy earlier than subsequent season.
“[There’s] brakes, bouncing is probably number one,” stated Hamilton. “Drag is probably our biggest weakness, or equal number one. There’s loads of other things.
“We’ve obviously got some downforce, we just need to build a much more efficient car. I think everybody in the team knows exactly what are the problems and where we’ve gone wrong. I’m very confident they’re not going to build the next car with any of those characteristics.”
He stated he will probably be happy to not need to drive the W13 once more after subsequent week’s end-of-season take a look at on the circuit.
“I’m looking forward to the end of Tuesday which is the last time I have to drive this thing,” he stated. “I don’t ever plan to drive this one again. It won’t be one of the cars I request in my contract!”
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