Lewis Hamilton is ‘frustrated’ by W13’s lack of speed as the car is ‘over a second down’ compared to the leaders FirstSportz

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

With one of the teams appearing for the Australian Grand Prix without upgrades, Mercedes are in a difficult situation not only this weekend but also for the rest of the season. That would have been there for sure Lewis Hamilton and George russell. After Mercedes had won the constructors’ championship eight times in a row, Mercedes would have their sights set on the 9th title, but Ferrari and Red Bull would be their hurdles in a race of the season.

Ahead of the weekend, the Mercedes trackside technical director said: “We find it difficult to generate tire temperature here, that’s the big thing to work on overnight. We were significantly more competitive in the first session than in the cooler conditions of the afternoon session and the data we’re seeing from the car supports the fact that we just aren’t hot enough.”

George Russel and Lewis Hamilton both had a few issues with the car in all three practice sessions, which doesn’t bode well for them coming into qualifying. With drivers struggling to get into the top ten, Mercedes has to reconsider many decisions and make the necessary changes.

In an interview, Lewis Hamilton said: “FP2 was a difficult session, we tried a few changes but the car didn’t seem to want to improve. The FP1 was better but it’s just a difficult car to get going. It’s frustrating because you keep pushing and pushing and even if you do a good lap you look at the times and we’re over a second behind. We still have a lot to do to close the gap.”

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Toto Wolff in full praise from Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen and Toto Wolff 1 - FirstSportz
Max Verstappen and Toto Wolff

The Mercedes team boss fully praised the current Formula 1 champion and said: “That wasn’t Max’s last title”.

Nobody can dispute that Max Verstappen and red bull have helped each other get to where they are right now. Max Verstappen’s title-winning season last year has to be one of the most thrilling battles in Formula 1 history. although Toto Wolff and the rest of the world thinks he’s great, but at the end of the day he’s Mercedes’ rival.

With a title race in Mercedes hands, Toto Wolff had a few words to say. “There will be no magic fix for next race weekend but we are pushing to make steady gains in the upcoming races to hopefully move us closer to the front of the field. Until then we need to maximize every opportunity and make the most of the package we have.”

Also read: What went wrong with Haas in Australian GP qualifying after a brilliant start to 2022: An F1 fan’s opinion

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