Lewis Hamilton: “I think it’s better when it doesn’t go smoothly”

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Lewis Hamilton commented on Mercedes’ testing troubles and says “it’s better that it doesn’t go smooth now”, and “goes smooth” once racing starts.

Mercedes encountered several problems in pre-season testing, most notably a gearbox problem that prevented Valtteri Bottas from participating in almost the whole day 1 morning testing session. While Lewis Hamilton assures the team is not worried, he does praise Red Bull’s performance.

“They’re looking strong,” the Briton said ahead of his last testing session.

“They’ve had some really good running. Max is looking, and both the drivers I think, have been looking quite strong.

“They’re going to be a different machine or animal this year with, I think, a real good strong line-up of the two drivers, and I think, a really good car.

“Having seen them win the last race, you can only assume they’re going to be right there, if not at the front, of the first race. It’s going to be a great long battle with them through the year.”

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Turning to Mercedes’ testing troubles, Hamilton says the team is working hard to find solutions.

“I don’t waste time worrying. That deters you from finding the solution, so we are just working hard and focusing on getting through the short amount of testing we have and trying to be as efficient as we possibly can with it.

“I think it’s better when it doesn’t go smoothly, or it’s better that it doesn’t go smooth now and goes smooth once we get into the racing scene.

“So, this is the perfect time for us to find the issues and have the problems, so I welcome that. I think everyone’s just keeping their heads down. No one is phased by it.

“We are a multi championship winning team, and we know how to pull together and keep our head down, and focus on the job.

“But, without doubt, it is quite impressive to see the speed of some of the other teams I think Red Bull are looking particularly strong. And it’s great to see McLaren also looking strong, also Renault [Alpine].

“So I’m excited, also, because that means more fun,” concluded Hamilton.

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