Lewis Hamilton describes Mercedes as ‘undriveable’ and a ‘disaster’ after Canadian Grand Prix practice sessions


Mercedes tested the ground in Canada as Hamilton finished more than a second behind Max Verstappen in the second practice session; watch the third practice session live on Sky Sports F1 at 6pm on Saturday, with qualifying from 9pm

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Lewis Hamilton was exasperated by his Mercedes’ performance in Friday’s opening practice session in Canada

Lewis Hamilton was exasperated by his Mercedes’ performance in Friday’s opening practice session in Canada

Lewis Hamilton has described his car as “a disaster” as he admitted Mercedes is unlikely to make any improvements to its early season performance for the rest of the year.

The seven-time world champion, who is 88 points behind Drivers’ Championship leader Max Verstappen after eight races in 2022, was just 13th on the timesheet in second practice at the Canadian Grand Prix as his Mercedes continued to suffer the porpoising that plagued their campaign.

Hamilton, who described his car as “impossible to drive” on team radio and “so bad” ahead of his post-race interview with Sky Sports F1struggled with an experimental ground setup on Friday as he posted a better lap time more than a second slower than the leaders.

And he was discouraged by the team’s hopes of making progress this year.

“Nothing we do to this car generally seems to work,” he said. sky sports. “We’re trying different setups. Me and George went for very different setups in this P2 just to see if one way works and another doesn’t.

“I’ll wait to find out how it felt for him, but for me it was a disaster. It’s like the car is getting worse, it’s getting more and more unhappy the more we do it.

“We will continue to work on it. It is what it is. I think it is the car of the year. We will have to endure and work hard to build a better car for next year.”

George Russell was unimpressed with the performance of his Mercedes

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George Russell was unimpressed with the performance of his Mercedes

George Russell was unimpressed with the performance of his Mercedes

Mercedes’ rebound left Hamilton in considerable discomfort in Azerbaijan last week, but he insisted he had taken precautions to ensure he was feeling healthy ahead of Friday’s sessions.

However, he does not believe the car will be able to compete with Red Bull and Ferrari at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the rest of the weekend.

“A touch of the pavement and the thing flies, it’s so steep,” he added.

“Here, you have to be able to use the curbs, so it’s very tricky. It’s not the Montreal that I know, that I’m used to and that I’ve known throughout my career. is the worst I’ve ever felt in a car here.

“Hopefully overnight we can try to make some changes, but those are the fundamentals of the car. It is what it is and it is going to be difficult.

“It’s a monumental fight all the time to keep it off the wall. When it bounces the car leaves the ground a lot, and when it lands it grabs and goes in different directions.

“You’re just trying to catch a car that jumps and hops and hooks up. It’s tough. It just keeps you on your toes and there were some big hits today. We lifted the car up and it doesn’t makes no difference.

“We’ve tried loads and loads of things and checked them all off. These don’t work, so we have to find something else.

“We’re a long way off, but that’s normal with this car.”

Brundle: They almost try random setups

Mercedes technical director James Allison admits the team didn't think they would suffer so much from porpoising this season

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Mercedes technical director James Allison admits the team didn’t think they would suffer so much from porpoising this season

Mercedes technical director James Allison admits the team didn’t think they would suffer so much from porpoising this season

Mercedes technical director James Allison is in Montreal this week and Sky Sports F1 expert Martin Brundle believes it’s a sign the team is getting desperate in its search for performance improvements.

But he feels they are running out of options as the team becomes increasingly experimental in their approach.

“It’s a very important thing that Lewis said in terms of ‘this is the car we have’,” Brundle said.

“It looks more and more like they can’t sort this 2022 Mercedes; it’s too knife of a setup. They basically have to bolt it to the ground.

“Lewis more or less admits that they’re going to have to get the most out of this car.

“We don’t see James Allison there too often…if they can’t find a solution, nobody can with the resources they have.

“We know how brilliant this team is – the minds, the money, the facilities and the data – and they just can’t connect and solve the problems.

“Looks like they’re trying almost random configurations, I’ll go this way and you’ll go that way, let’s see if we can find a magic solution somewhere in there.”




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