Lewis Hamilton: “We have definitely made an improvement”

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After finishing the British Grand Prix FP2 in P2, Lewis Hamilton says the car is “still bouncing quite a bit”, but improvements have been made.

Mercedes started off the British Grand Prix weekend pretty well, with Lewis Hamilton getting P2 in the second free practice.

Although the car does feel better, Lewis says the bouncing is still there.

“It is bouncing still, quite a bit,” said Hamilton.

“Not necessarily in a straight line but through the corners. It is pretty harsh – not physically harsh but harsh in the car, on the tyres and everything.

“We have still got work to do to move forwards. We have just got to keep working.”

At the Canadian Grand Prix Lewis said he had to approach the track differently to previous years, due to the characteristics of Mercedes’ current car, so at Silverstone he was asked if this was circuit-specific, or if it still applies

“No, that is just this car. You can’t drive the tracks the same as they used to be with this car, with how stiff it is, the ride characteristics and the porpoising we do get.

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“A lot of it is actuated from the ride stiffness. It is not the same but you are still having fun through Maggotts and Becketts.

“It is not so great through nine like we used to have – we used to be flat out through there. But Maggotts and Becketts are still pretty mega… and Stowe! They are like my favourite corners.”

Mercedes has introduced a significant upgrade package for the British Grand Prix, so Lewis was asked if he can feel that the car has changed.

“It was difficult to feel it because they are two massively difficult tracks. You are coming from a low-wing, low-speed circuit to an all medium and high-speed circuit.

“So I didn’t get to feel the car like this last week but it is much smoother this track so a bit more like Barcelona in that sense, but this is the best track, it is still hair-raising and just epic to drive.

“We are fighting the car a little bit, our long-run pace is not as good as the other guys but it is not miles off.

“So we have definitely made an improvement and overnight we can work on the car a little bit more,” Hamilton concluded.

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