Hamilton suggest Russell could take over experimental duties

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes will be “a little bit more cautious on doing too many experiments”, and suggests George Russell could take over experimental duties a bit.

So far in the 2022 season Lewis Hamilton has been trying out experimental parts and set-ups for the W13, in an effort to find a solution for the problems it is plagued with, while George Russell has usually gone down more conventional development paths.

This has often led to Lewis having worse results than George in qualifying and the races. After the Canadian Grand Prix, however, Hamilton suggested Russell could take over experimental duties in the second half of the season.

“Yeah, maybe in the second half of the season George can do the experiments,” Lewis said.

“We’re just trying to work… we’re just trying to progress as a team. And yeah, I think moving forward, I think we’ll be a little bit more cautious on doing too many experiments as it really does hinder you through the weekend, especially if you only have practice one and two in the dry and don’t get a FP3, for example.

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“So yeah, I think there’s lots of learnings from this weekend, and improvements that we can make moving forwards.

“But you know, really great pace today. And it’s so nice to see, it’s not always been the case I’ve had with this car so it’s nice to have a bit of a good battle with her today, her or him, whatever you call a car.

“And I really hope, moving to Silverstone… it’s such an important race for us and for me and so I really hope that… I just want to be in a battle with these guys.

“At the end there when the Safety Car came in and we started again, I was hoping that I could just… the dream was like if I can keep in that battle with them and find a way but they were rapid.

“But we will get there eventually,” Hamilton concluded.

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