Lewis Hamilton: “Bouncing is back with a vengeance”

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Lewis Hamilton says “bouncing is back and that’s definitely losing us time”, and adds he is “looking forward to the end of tomorrow”.

After qualifying in P5 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says the gap Mercedes has to Red Bull was definitely not expected.

“We thought that this would be a difficult race for us but we weren’t expecting it through the weekend so far,” the Briton told Sky Sports.

“We weren’t looking like we were eight-tenths out so a bit of a surprising qualifying to be so far behind.

“Six-tenths of that is just on the straights. Otherwise, I gave it everything. I’m looking forward to the end of tomorrow.”

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Lewis also added that the W13 is bouncing again, which was an issue the team believed was mostly resolved.

“Bouncing is back with a vengeance. Bouncing is back and that’s definitely losing us time. Otherwise, we are just so slow on the straight. I had some brake problems, we’ve had it most of the year.

“The brake discs separate and brake temperature so when you hit the brake the car pulls in one direction. If you’re going into Turn 5, it’s pulling to the right and it’s a left-hand corner.

“It’s not ideal,” Hamilton concluded.

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