Hamilton says Mercedes had to “depower” the W13 “to stop it from bouncing”

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Lewis Hamilton says the W13 is “still lacking performance”, but “there’s potential in this car, but we’ve had to depower it to stop it from bouncing”.

In an interview with his former team-mate Heikki Kovalainen on Viaplay, Lewis Hamilton compared the start of 2022 season, to the difficulties they faced at McLaren in 2009.

“It’s been a really challenging year,” Hamilton said.

“I would say similar to the year we had in 2009, with the car that, [when] we arrived in the factory in February or January 2009, they said the car [was] looking good.

“Then we got to the first test, and we were like, ‘Whoa, it’s a long way away from where we need to be’.

“And as a team, we’ve gone through a similar process in terms of trying to strip away some things, rebuild, regroup, manoeuvre this car into a better place.”

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Lewis then said the W13 is still not where it needs to be, but it has true potential, which cannot be fully extracted yet because of bouncing.

“We’ve had some really nice consistency in these last few races, which has been great.

“We’re still lacking performance, which is a difficult thing because I think there’s potential in this car, but we’ve had to depower it to stop it from bouncing.

“We’ve had really good reliability, but we can’t forever rely on reliability being the thing that keeps us on the podium, so we really need performance,” the Briton concluded.

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