Lewis Hamilton after FP1&2: “There’s not a lot we can do”

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After Australian Grand Prix FP1&2, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell give their first thoughts on the difficult sessions.

Mercedes continued to have a hard time with their car during the Australian Grand Prix Free Practice 1 and 2.

Lewis Hamilton finished FP1 in P7 and FP2 in P13.

“I feel good, I feel ok, it was just a difficult session,” Hamilton said after the sessions.

“It is just nothing you change on the car makes a difference at the moment so that is the difficult thing.

“You get in very optimistic and then you make changes and it doesn’t seem to be wanting to improve.

“We made some changes going into FP2. FP1 was better and FP2 was harder for us. I don’t know, just a tricky car.”

Lewis went on to say there’s not much the team can do to improve the car’s pace this weekend.

“I don’t think it’s gonna be tricky to fight our way back, it’s just that there’s not a lot we can do, this is the way it is – we just have to drive with it.

“That’s the frustrating thing, because you’re trying to push, you’re trying to catch and, even when you do a decent lap, it’s 1.2 seconds down, so it’s difficult,” concluded the Briton.

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George Russell also had a difficult time, finishing FP1 in P12 and FP2 in P11.

“There’s quite a few midfield cars ahead of us,” Russell said.

“And [We’re] obviously quite a long way off the pace from the front so we need to work hard tonight. Understand the limitations.

“The car felt alright, didn’t feel too and felt a bit strange on the soft tyre. We’re definitely porpoising pretty bad into turn nine, It’s probably the more severe I’ve experienced”

“I think it something we just have to deal with for the time being, we believe it’s the fastest way around the track but maybe it’s not.

“We need to keep digging into the data and understand. We’ve sort of gone from left, right and centre with the set-up and all have resulted in a similar outcome.

“So we need to try and get on top of things,” George concluded.


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