Lewis Hamilton: “We just weren’t very quick and I don’t know why”

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes often isn’t quick enough “on the Friday and then things change a little bit more on Saturday”.

After getting P9 and P6 in Belgian Grand Prix free practice 1 and 2, respectively, Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t understand why his Mercedes isn’t performing better.

“We just weren’t very quick, and I don’t know why,” the Briton said.

“It could be tires. It could be tight temps, it could be wing level, could be a multitude of things.

“It doesn’t feel disastrous out there. But we often find this on the Friday and then things change a little bit more on Saturday. I hope that that’s the case.

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“It’s doesn’t feel the same as it did at the last track in qualifying, but more like Friday and Saturday morning. It feels kind of similar to that now which gives me hope that we can turn it around.”

While seven drivers, including frontrunners Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, are set to take grid penalties on Sunday, due to taking on new power unit components, Lewis says he won’t be  doing the same just yet.

“I was at risk, but at the moment we’re not taking any penalties. The team have done a great job with that.

“We’ve just got to work hard to analyse the data and try to figure out where we can get with this car,” Hamilton concluded.

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