Lewis Hamilton says he has been “trying a lot of the different experimental things on the car” and says he’s trying “something relatively extreme” in Canada.
There’s been a lot of talk about Lewis Hamilton’s performance in 2022, with some observers taking great pleasure from criticising Lewis and his results compared to George Russell.
However, Mercedes has said on multiple occasions that Lewis has been sacrificing his performance in order to test out various experimental parts and setups, hoping to eventually help Mercedes make a step forward.
Ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, the Briton revealed he is “proud” to be a part of that process.
“I am trying a lot of the different experimental things on the car to help us get data moving forward,” said Hamilton in Montreal.
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“You’ll see today, for example, something relatively extreme. If it doesn’t work, it’s definitely a lot slower because it’s got less downforce. But that’s my role and I take the responsibility seriously.
“And whilst, yes, it’s not been ideal on some weekends, often setting us back because we lost a session or two, that’s okay, because eventually we’ll get there and I’m proud to have been a part of that process.
“I’m working as hard as I can, staying positive, coming off the back of a difficult year.
“I’d like to think I’m the best team mate I have ever been, to George [Russell], but also to all the engineers, all the mechanics and everyone working in the factory and trying to keep everyone’s energy high,” Lewis concluded.