Lewis Hamilton jokes that George Russell should ‘do the experiments’ as Mercedes’ struggles continue
Lewis Hamilton jokes that George Russell should be the one doing ‘the experiments’ for Mercedes as the team’s bouncing battle continues… with the seven-time champion describing the W13 car as ‘undrivable’ in Montreal practice session
- Mercedes has had a hard time this year and follows Red Bull and Ferrari in the standings
- The Silver Arrows have had significant problems with porpoises and bouncing
- As a result, they used practice sessions to do different set-ups in the W13. To test
- Lewis Hamilton suffers from the tests and describes the car as ‘undrivable’
- He joked that teammate George Russell should be the lab rat in the future
Lewis Hamilton joked that George Russell should be the one to take on the role of Mercedes’ lab rat as the team’s battle continues.
The Silver Arrows have been the fastest team in Formula 1 for the past eight years and currently follow Red Bull and Ferrari in this season’s constructors’ standings.
F1 introduced new ground effect aerodynamics this year and Mercedes has had more problems with porpoises and bounce than any other team.
Lewis Hamilton joked that George Russell should take on the role of Mercedes lab rat in the future
As a result, they used the practice sessions to try out different set-ups in their new W13 car and Hamilton took on most of the experimentation.
During FP2 in Montreal last weekend, the seven-time champion heard the car described over the radio as ‘undrivable’ and later admitted the problems were ‘only getting worse’.
Despite this, Hamilton managed to take a podium finish at the Canadian Grand Prix by finishing third and giving a wry smile afterwards.
“Yeah, maybe George can do the experiments in the second half of the season!” Hamilton joked.
The seven-time champion described Mercedes’ W13 as ‘undrivable’ during practice in Montreal
But despite his complaints, Hamilton finished third in the Canadian Grand Prix
“We’re just trying to work… we’re just trying to progress as a team. And yes, I think we’re moving forward, I think we’re going to be a little bit more careful about doing too much experimentation because it really bothers you all weekend especially if you only have one and two in the dry and don’t get for example an FP3.
“So yes, I think there are a lot of lessons learned from this weekend and improvements we can make.”
Montreal was only Hamilton’s second podium finish of the season, having also finished third during the opening weekend in Bahrain. He is sixth in the Drivers’ Championship, 98 points behind leader and reigning champion Max Verstappen.
Russell, who finished fourth in Canada, is fourth in the standings, finishing ahead of Hamilton in seven of the nine races so far.
Russell finished ahead of teammate Hamilton in seven of the nine races so far this year
Next up is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where Hamilton has won seven times in the past eight years.
†[It was] a really great pace today,” said the 37-year-old in Montreal. “It’s so nice to see, it hasn’t always been the case that I’ve had with this car, so it’s nice to have a good fight with her today, her or him, whatever you call a car.
“And I really hope that the move to Silverstone… it’s such an important race for us and for me and so I really hope… I just want to compete with these guys.
“At the end, when the Safety Car came in and we started over, I just hoped… the dream was like I could stay in that battle with them and find a way, but they were fast. But we’ll get there eventually.’