“It sucks and it’s slow”
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After a spectacular comeback, the Mercedes team managed to add the first pole position of the season at the last Hungarian Grand Prix thanks to the performance of George Russell. Despite not being able to finish the game on Sunday, they secured a double podium with Lewis Hamilton having a taste of glory after all the suffering at the start of the 2022 Formula 1 journey.
Hoping to repeat the result or at least come close, the Silver Arrows came up against the harsh reality of an uncompetitive W13 that was even behind the Alpine in the standings. However, the sanction against Esteban Ocon will allow the German team to start fourth and fifth, just behind Fernando Alonso, although a world behind Red Bull and Ferrari.
The seven-time world champion of the Brackley team was quite critical of the result and the gap to the best: “Everyone is working to improve and we came here very optimistic, thinking that we were going to be close , half a second, who knows”.
“To be 1.8 seconds down is a real kick in the teeth,” said the Englishman. “It is what it is, a car with which we continue to suffer and [yo] I won’t miss it at the end of the year. For me, we have to focus on how to build and design the car for next season.”
“The teams ahead of us are in a different league and our car is very different to theirs so we have a lot of work to do but we will do our best with what we have for the rest of the campaign,” added Lewis Hamilton.
About your session classificationthe Briton said it wasn’t so much the conditions or his ability that weighed on him, but rather that he crashed into his car again: “It was very simple [la clasificación], but not very fast. I wouldn’t say that I had problems with the tyres, but the car was not very fast.”
“I think it’s the car,” he replied when asked for a reason. “We tried everything, I put things on and took them off, I changed wings, set-up, I did everything this weekend. I tried a lot, and it’s surprising to see us [tan lejos]maybe they have advanced, I don’t know if they have improvements or not, but it’s difficult”.
“I never thought I’d be two seconds away. It’s much, much worse than I thought,” he said when asked if he expected to experience this moment. . “I don’t want to use the word disappointing because we have to remember that there are 2,000 people in the factory working very hard to get it right.”
“Of course, I would like us to do well and buy upgrades that take us forward. I also want us to fight at the front, but that’s how it is and it hurts, recognized the sevenfold world champion.” Believe me, it hurts, but at this point you have to laugh and say you’re not fighting for a championship.”
“If I get too serious and lower the level, I have a responsibility to try to keep my spirits up because we have to keep pushing, we can’t get discouraged. Yeah, it sucks and it’s slow” exclaimed Hamilton.
If I would give it to him advice to mercedesreplied, “There’s not much we can do…we can’t do anything overnight or change anything quickly, so all we can do is work with what we have.”
“We don’t know how fast or how slow we will be tomorrow,” he continued. “It’ll be a surprise whether we’re closer than we think or not. That’s the biggest difference we’ve had in qualifying.”
“What we’re doing is talking about the meetings we’ll have next week, the next steps we’re going to take and where we want to be with next year’s car,” said Lewis Hamilton, who clarified that he was now only focusing on 2023. “That’s my only focus now.”
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