Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes hasn’t made any progress with their car since the beginning of the 2022 season, but “everyone’s working really, really hard”.
“We haven’t made any progress,” Lewis said.
“I don’t know what is coming yet. I know everyone’s working really, really hard, but we’ve had three races and no progress in the three races.
“I really hope, over this next week, we can get as much information as we can from the race tomorrow and that we’re able to extract something and figure out how we can fix something for the next race.”
It is believed that Mercedes will be introducing several upgrades for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, but the Briton downplays expectations.
“I would say that there’s nothing particularly exciting coming at the moment. I wish I could be optimistic like, at the next one, we’ve got something better coming in but, at the moment, we don’t.”
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Lewis then went on to say he enjoys working with the team to find solutions for the problems, but doesn’t particularly enjoy driving the car.
“It is a long way off; it’s a second off, so it’s a pretty huge gap. I enjoy the role of working with the team.
“I don’t enjoy driving this car, but I enjoy the collaboration [of] working with the guys, knowing that there is a steep hill to climb, and just remaining hopeful that we will get there.”
Asked to pinpoint the areas in which the car is underperforming, Hamilton said:
“Everywhere! In some places, it doesn’t feel terrible – it’s just not as fast as the others. Where I’m really unhappy is with the porpoising, that’s really the worst characteristic I’ve experienced in the car.
“But we can’t get rid of that for the moment,” he concluded.