Mercedes has not yet solved all the problems of last season, Lewis Hamilton concludes in conversation with NU.nl, among others. The seven-time world champion is having a hard time during the test days in Bahrain. For example, the balance of the W14 is not quite right yet. Porpoising, on the other hand, is a thing of the past.
“We’ve had a few difficult days. It was especially difficult yesterday,” Hamilton begins with his story. He refers to the problems George Russell had on Friday afternoon. For example, the Englishman came to a standstill with a hydraulic problem. Saturday morning things got a little better. “Thank goodness George had a good morning today.”
Hamilton is in the car on Saturday afternoon and hoped in advance that the W14 was in better condition. On the other hand, there are also good points to mention about the new car. “The bouncing that we had so much trouble with last year is almost completely gone. That is a big step forward. It feels great to drive a car that isn’t bouncing.’
Mercedes has subcutaneous problems
But there are still flaws. ‘There are also a number of problems under the skin of the car. I can’t say exactly what issues we have, but some of the balance issues we had last year are still there. I must say that I am very proud that everyone in the team has remained so positive after last year. Everyone works really hard and we all try to make something beautiful out of it with great enthusiasm.’
Action: Take 20 percent off F1TV Pro. Click here for the offer or view our Formula 1 live viewing page.