Lewis Hamilton: “We found out we were a long way off”

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After Bahrain Grand Prix FP1&2, Lewis Hamilton says “it looks like the Astons are second and we are kind of between third and fourth”.

Mercedes did not have an easy time in Bahrain Grand Prix Free Practice 1 and 2. After finishing FP2 in P8, Lewis Hamilton said the situation is worse than Mercedes expected.

“We found out we were a long way off,” Hamilton said.

“We kind of knew that a little bit in the test but it is a big gap. Yeah, I am trying everything I can out there, it is what it is, we have just got to try and live with it.”

Asked if the W14 showed more promise during high or low fuel runs, Lewis said it didn’t look good either way.

“Neither, honestly, I think they are very, very similar. We are off-set in low and high. To Red Bull, just looking at the long runs, they were a second a lap faster, so we have a lot to work on.

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“I thought that the Ferraris were second, on the long run we are close to Ferrari, but it looks like the Astons are second and we are kind of between third and fourth.

“It is difficult for everybody, it isn’t where anyone wants to be in a team and it is certainly not where I believe everyone in the team deserves to be, because everyone works so hard and really are so courageous.

“We are just on the wrong track so we need to continue to graft away and get back on the right track,” the Briton concluded.

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