Lewis Hamilton says it was a tough day for Mercedes on Friday on the Hungarian GP.
Lewis Hamilton says he is anticipating a “robust weekend” on the Hungarian Grand Prix after extra failed experiments left Mercedes properly off the tempo in Apply Two.
Following on from a primary double podium of the season on the French GP final weekend, there had been optimism that the Silver Arrows might construct on that momentum, however they failed to take action within the Budapest warmth on Friday.
After ending seventh, two locations behind team-mate George Russell within the first session, Hamilton might solely handle 11th in Apply Two, this time three locations behind the youthful Brit.
Hamilton’s last flying lap in FP2 was hampered by site visitors, however he appeared on target solely to problem Fernando Alonso’s Alpine in sixth, which means he would have remained behind each Ferraris, Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen, and maybe extra concerningly McLaren duo Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo.
“The car’s a little bit of a battle,” Hamilton mentioned. “It is loopy how a lot it swings from monitor to trace however yeah, we have simply obtained to determine find out how to get it working.
Hamilton loses the rear at Flip four and tells the Mercedes storage that his car is unstable.
“For the time being it is a little bit bit free and it is not doing what we needed to do.”
Whereas final week’s double podium on the Paul Ricard Circuit was maybe a little bit flattering, with Charles Leclerc retiring and Carlos Sainz ranging from the again of the grid, Mercedes’ race-day efficiency in Le Castellet had appeared to take care of the workforce on an upward trajectory.
They’ve been off the tempo of Ferrari and Crimson Bull because the begin of the marketing campaign, with solely a particularly robust reliability document permitting them to choose up the vast majority of the rostrum finishes they’ve managed this season.
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“Nothing’s modified on the car since final week and I am the identical driver this week as I used to be final week,” Hamilton added. “It is simply, for some purpose on this monitor it is not working as properly. However I feel as soon as we obtained it proper. The hole is about as identical as final week – round a second.
“I did not get to run on the finish as a result of I had some injury. I sustained some injury on the ground so after that, it was fairly difficult for the long-run base. It will be a troublesome weekend, that is for positive, however we will give it the whole lot.”
‘Experiments took us backwards’
Chatting with Sky Sports activities F1 instantly after Apply Two, Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin admitted that, not for the primary time this season, experiments on the W13 had failed.
There had seemed to be some potential within the Mercedes within the first session of the day, however the workforce’s determination to prioritise arduous tyre operating made it arduous to check their efficiency with Ferrari and Crimson Bull, who targeted largely on smooth tyres.
When Mercedes did exit on softs halfway by means of the primary session, Russell went second and Hamilton fifth, each inside three-tenths of the main time at that time, suggesting they’d moved nearer to their rivals.
Nonetheless, they have been unable to copy that stage of competitiveness from that time onwards, most notably within the second session as each drivers repeatedly expressed frustration over workforce radio.
“We got here in form of eager to do some experiments with the car and I feel those we did in FP2 have taken us backwards,” Shovlin mentioned.
“Within the first session, we appeared a bit stronger and the car was extra collectively however there’s a few issues we’re fairly sure we’re going to be undoing in a single day as a result of it did not look nice.
“Definitely within the afternoon, Lewis had picked up a bit of harm throughout one in all his decrease gasoline runs. That undoubtedly affected his excessive gasoline.
“However as I mentioned, I feel among the setup adjustments we’ve got gone the mistaken manner. However we’re right here to be taught and you do not at all times get them making the car go faster, however I feel there are two of these we will likely be going again on in a single day.”
‘Moist climate might give us larger upside’
Probably the most encouraging factor for Mercedes on Friday night was that the climate forecast is predicting completely completely different situations for the remainder of the weekend.
After the warmth and sunshine of Friday, thunderstorms are anticipated for each last follow and qualifying on Saturday, whereas there will likely be considerably cooler temperatures for Sunday’s race.
“In a manner that makes it not too dangerous that we have had a tough FP2, as a result of I feel we’ll be dealing with fairly completely different situations in FP3 and in qualifying, after which the race appears to be like prefer it’s rather a lot cooler than it’s immediately,” Shovlin added.
George Russell says it was not Mercedes’ smoothest Friday, however expects the weekend to be utterly completely different.
“It is guesswork actually whether or not you are going to be higher or worse. Montreal, we have been OK within the moist, Silverstone we have been OK. The place we have been immediately, I feel we might take a moist session simply because it provides us a form of larger potential upside, however we’ll see. We’ll must get operating in FP3 and see what we’re coping with.”
Russell additionally provided an optimistic tackle the workforce’s tough day.
“(It was) undoubtedly not our smoothest Friday thus far however a little bit of an odd one as a result of we expect it’ll be moist tomorrow for qualifying,” he mentioned.
Martin Brundle says there may very well be a whole lot of site visitors at Flip 13 throughout qualifying forward of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“The situations on Sunday are going to be drastically completely different so we have been making an attempt fairly a couple of issues with the car, utilizing it as a check session as a result of, to be trustworthy, you’ll be able to attempt to optimise the whole lot for immediately however there is no such thing as a use for that for the remainder of the weekend. So, even thought it was a really robust day I feel it was a productive one.
“We have been undoubtedly a little bit bit additional away than we in all probability would have anticipated, a few points right here and there.
“However I feel tomorrow goes to be a completely new day and Sunday will likely be even be a really completely different day so not all is misplaced but.”