Lewis Hamilton says “there’s no words for” Mercedes’ lack of progress

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes’ current situation is “so painful”, but he believes they can “get into the points, so every point counts”.

Mercedes had an awful time so far at Imola. After the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying Lewis Hamilton was asked how shocking was the team’s apparent lack of progress.

“So painful,” the Briton said.

“It’s difficult, there’s no words for it, really. I don’t know what the sims said, I think we were hopeful that we could get into the top 10 if we weren’t stuck in the train.

“I think we have the pace to have been in the top 10. But unfortunately, that just wasn’t possible today with DRS and the speed we had.

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“Of course, the goal is to move as far forward as possible. But it’s a challenge with the car. We’re not particularly quick on the straights. And the bouncing that we have doesn’t necessarily help.

“I think the delta that you’re supposed to have to the car ahead is something like nine-tenths at this track, to have a 50% chance of overtaking.

“And so I don’t think we have nine-tenths advantage on the cars that we’re competing with. We’ve got to try and eke out as much as we can in the race, and if we can score some points.

“I do believe we can get into the points, so every point counts,” Hamilton concluded.

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