Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes is lacking “everywhere, every corner”

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After the French Grand Prix FP2, Lewis Hamilton says it feels Mercedes is “lacking downforce”, and he thanks Nyck de Vries “for the work he did” in FP1.

Lewis Hamilton was replaced during French Grand Prix Free Practice 1 by Nyck de Vries, so he had to quickly “get back up to speed” when he took the reins of the W13 in FP2.

Lewis managed to get P4, but he says he car is currently lacking “everywhere”.

“It wasn’t the best of sessions,” the Briton said.

“I tried to get back up to speed as quick as possible. It is very hot so there are a lot of slow laps to get the temperatures of the tyres down but I think I did alright.”

Asked where the W13 was lacking around the Paul Ricard lap, he said:

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“Just everywhere, every corner. We will have to dig deep into the data but it just feels like we are lacking downforce.”

He also thanked Nyck de Vries for the work he did in FP1.

“I did make some changes going into the session which is kind of crazy because I hadn’t even driven the car.

“Nyck did a great job this morning, kept the car in one piece and was great out there.

“I am grateful for the work he did this morning and we had a lot of work to do, a lot of ground to cover.

“The car is not spectacular here, don’t know why but I am sure overnight we can make a bit of a step,” the Briton concluded.

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