Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes left ‘scratching heads’ about Azerbaijan GP follow battle


Outdoors the highest 10 and one second off the tempo after Friday’s quick runs, can Mercedes flip it round for the weekend? Watch Saturday’s Baku motion reside from 10am on Sky Sports activities F1, with qualifying at 1pm

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Lewis Hamilton says there was no apparent purpose for the Mercedes’ lack of tempo within the first two follow classes forward of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton says there was no apparent purpose for the Mercedes’ lack of tempo within the first two follow classes forward of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Mercedes say they’ve an “terrible lot” of efficiency to search out across the Baku Metropolis Circuit after enduring their “worst Friday by some margin” in Friday follow on the Azerbaijan GP.

Ending exterior the highest 10 with each Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas on a gap day that title rivals Crimson Bull set a formidable tempo, F1’s seven-time champions conceded that they had a variety of work forward of them on the monitor and again at their manufacturing unit within the UK forward of Saturday’s operating

Lewis Hamilton lapped one second off the afternoon tempo and though proud of how he had pushed in Friday’s two classes, admitted that the W12 was “simply gradual”.

“Normally, I really feel like I am driving properly, and the automobile felt higher in P1. On this one there was no extra time in it,” stated Hamilton after ending eleventh quickest in Apply Two.

“We’re undoubtedly fairly a bit down and everybody will likely be scratching their heads and searching into the information attempting to determine how we are able to enhance.”

Crew-mate Bottas, an extra second off the tempo in sixteenth place, put it bluntly: “I feel there’s one thing essentially flawed and we have to work out what.”

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Now it is Lewis Hamilton’s flip to take evasive motion because the Mercedes driver locked up heading into Flip 15, making use of the run-off space

Now it is Lewis Hamilton’s flip to take evasive motion because the Mercedes driver locked up heading into Flip 15, making use of the run-off space

Mercedes face an necessary Friday evening

‘Determining’ that day-one battle is now Mercedes’ essential focus forward of ultimate follow at 10am on Saturday.

Hoping for a extra aggressive exhibiting this week after a tough Monaco, once they misplaced the leaderships of each championship races to Crimson Bull, Mercedes had nonetheless confused that the streets of Baku have been unlikely to play to their strengths both.

However the scale of Friday’s battle nonetheless represented a big shock.

“At the moment was our worst Friday by some margin,” conceded Andrew Shovlin, the workforce’s trackside engineering director.

“Our largest concern appeared to be the one lap; we’re a great distance from our regular positions so clearly we have to discover one thing very vital there.

“The long term image was not as dangerous – a good bit behind Crimson Bull however nonetheless within the combine. So, tons to work on in a single day; we’re planning a complete programme of study and simulator work to try to perceive a few of these points however we clearly have an terrible lot to search out.”

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Anthony Davidson was on the SkyPad to match and distinction the Crimson Bull and Mercedes within the limbo rear wing debate

Anthony Davidson was on the SkyPad to match and distinction the Crimson Bull and Mercedes within the limbo rear wing debate

Hamilton, who trails Verstappen by 4 factors within the standings, added: “I used to be pushing, I used to be on the restrict, however the automobile is proscribed. There are areas that I ought to simply be faster however there is not any extra grip.

“However we’ll work at it. In fact, it isn’t straightforward to be out of the highest 10 on tempo after we’ve had tempo somewhere else. I do not actually know why we’re the place we’re.”

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Valtteri Bottas says his Mercedes was missing tempo within the first two follow classes they usually have a variety of work to do to determine the issue

Valtteri Bottas says his Mercedes was missing tempo within the first two follow classes they usually have a variety of work to do to determine the issue

And Bottas added: “It feels prefer it’s total grip… the stability isn’t that far off. OK the automobile is a bit unpredictable, nevertheless it seems like we’re missing grip and sliding round.

“I feel it will be an extended evening tonight.”





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