The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend is turning out to be a disaster for Mercedes. While in Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying Race George Russell managed to keep his original P11, Lewis Hamilton dropped from P13 to P14.
After the session a downbeat Lewis admitted Mercedes didn’t get it right with their car this year.
“A lot of work is going on in the background, but it is what it is,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.
“It’s what we have and, ultimately, we haven’t got it right this year, but everyone’s working as hard as they can to correct it.”
Hamilton then went even furter and conceded the team is not fighting for the championship this year.
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“The team have been through many, many bad years. A lot of the people, most of the people that I’m working with have been with this team 20 years.
“It wasn’t the greatest of years in 2013. But we’ve had great years since then. We stick together, we try to motivate everyone and this is the situation that we are faced with.
“But everyone’s got their heads down. Everyone’s working as hard as they can.
“We’re obviously not fighting for this championship, but we’re fighting to understand the car and improve and progress through the year.”
Asked what positives Mercedes had extracted from the sprint race, Lewis said: “We’ve got data”.