Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes are “not miles off” rivals Red Bull and Ferrari on the finish of the opening day of observe for the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton ended Friday second quickest, simply 0.16 seconds slower than the quickest time set by Carlos Sainz Jnr within the Ferrari.
Mercedes have launched one other raft of upgraded elements to their W13 for this weekend, together with revised entrance suspension, sidepod inlets, the rear wing and the ground. Speaking after observe, Hamilton mentioned he was inspired by the efficiency of Mercedes relative to their rivals.
“It has been a good day,” Hamilton mentioned. “P2, [I’m] feeling pretty good.
“I think it’s bouncing still quite a bit, not necessarily in a straight line, but through the corners it’s pretty harsh. Not physically harsh, but just like in the car, on the tyres and everything. So we’ve still got work to do, but it feels like a small step forwards – just got to keep working.”
Mercedes have suffered well-documented issues with porpoising and high-speed grounding out with their ground all through the season to date. Hamilton mentioned the stiff trip of the brand new automotive is affecting his method to the circuit.
“You just can’t drive the track the same as you used to with this car, with how stiff it is,” Hamilton defined.
“The ride characteristics and this porpoising that we do get, which a lot of it, is actuated from the ride stiffness. So no, it’s not the same, but still having fun through Maggotts and Becketts. It’s not so great through nine [Copse], like we used to be flat-out there, but turn one [Abbey]’s great and Maggotts and Becketts is still pretty mega and Stowe, they’re like my favourite corners.”
Hamilton says that the vary of updates Mercedes have dropped at the British Grand Prix for this weekend had been targeted on nook grip fairly than pure trip consolation.
“It’s just literally downforce and difficult to feel it because it’s two massively different tracks,” Hamilton mentioned. “You’re coming from a low wing and low speed circuit to all medium and high speed circuit.
“So I didn’t get to feel the car like this last week, but it’s much smoother this track which is much better – bit more like Barcelona in that sense. But this is the best track it is. It is still hair-raising and just epic to drive and we’re fighting the car a little bit.
“Our long run pace isn’t as good as the other guys, but it’s not miles off. So we’ve definitely made an improvement, I’m sure overnight we can work and improve the car a little bit more.”
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