Ahead of the Formula 1 summer break, Mercedes seemed to be getting on top of their performance issues, with two consecutive double podiums.
However, Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying turned out to be the team’s worst session of 2022, with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell around 2 seconds off Max Verstappen’s pace.
Hamilton, however, says he doesn’t want to call Mercedes’ performance “disappointing”.
“I just don’t want to use the word disappointing, because we’ve got to remember that there are 2000 people back at the factory that are working so hard to get it right,” the Briton said.
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“Of course I wish that we got it right and we brought upgrades that would push us forward, and I wish we were fighting at the front, but it is the way that it is and it hurts. Believe me, it hurts.
“But at this point, you’ve just got to laugh it off and say I am not fighting for a championship. If I get too serious and too low…
“I’ve got a responsibility to try to keep morale high, as we’ve got to keep pushing, we cannot be discouraged.
“Yes, it sucks and it is slow,” he concluded.