During Formula 1 testing there are always doubts about who really is pushing and who is sandbagging, after the second day in Bahrain Lewis Hamilton revealed that his task for Mercedes is to drive the car as hard as possible, regardless of the consequences.
Speaking to the media at the end of his day in the cockpit of the W05, Hamilton said, “Whether or not we’re pushing the car as hard as we can, I just get in and drive and try to break it. I’ve done that so they’ve got to go and fix it!”
The Silver Arrows have easily covered the most mileage in the ten days of testing thus far, but on Friday they had some problems with Hamilton spinning early on in the morning and then ending the day seventh fastest, 3.4 seconds down on pace setter Sergio Perez in the Mercedes powered Force India.
“Today wasn’t a spectacular day so it’s not really much to be happy with except that we got 89 laps which is a positive thing and we found that issue. Otherwise there wasn’t really much done during the day.”
“Every time we run we find more and more problems. It’s a positive thing obviously, because we wouldn’t want it to happen when we get to Melbourne.”
“But it’s a lot of work for the guys. They have to strip the car down and check everything and go back to the drawing board to try and see if they can improve on certain areas. But it’s the same for everyone.”
As for the pecking order, Hamilton said, “We really don’t know where anyone stands right now and we have enough to concentrate on without looking at how other teams are getting on. The focus is on ourselves and will continue to be right up to the first race.”
Hamilton makes way for teammate Rosberg on the penultimate day, and will return to the cockpit for the final day on Sunday. (GP247)
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