Lewis Hamilton claimed his Mercedes W14, despite being upgraded and somehow improving, is still a tough car to drive, following a trying Friday at Silverstone.
Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were 12th and 14th fastest in FP1 respectively, 15th and 12th in FP2 as it seems they are facing another tough Formula 1 weekend following the one in Austria a week earlier.
And while long runs were encouraging, the Mercedes pair struggled to put a decent hot lap together and as such never featured in the top ten on Friday, and if that continues on Saturday, it means the eight-time F1 Constructors’ Champions are facing a gloomy Qualifying.
“It was very windy out there, as it often is here at Silverstone,” Hamilton said in Mercedes‘ Friday report. “I think that’s something that helps it become the best track in the world.
“It definitely made the car more inconsistent though, but we’re also battling the same challenges that we have been for the majority of the season. It’s a tough car to drive and it continues to be so.
“On the single lap, we didn’t seem to make any improvement between tyres which suggests we’re missing something. The positive for us is that the long run pace wasn’t too bad.
Mick Schumacher on simulator duty
“The balance is tricky, but we will work on in tonight,” the seven-time F1 Champion continued. “We will also have Mick [Schumacher] in the simulator so hopefully we can come up with some solutions for tomorrow. We’re not in the same race as the Red Bulls but I’m hoping we can fight for the podium, even though it will take a big push.
“The fans have been phenomenal since yesterday already and hopefully we can give them something to cheer about,” Hamilton concluded.
Russell added: “Today definitely wasn’t our finest Friday. In FP1, our pace on the Medium tyre was looking reasonable and we thought we’d be able to make a good step on the Soft tyre.
“However in FP2, we struggled,” he admitted. “We’ve seen a small trend that when temperatures are hotter, we tend to take a step backwards. We also made quite a few changes between sessions, but we possibly didn’t compensate enough for the conditions. It was a difficult afternoon for sure, but we will dig into the data with the Team tonight and see what we can do for tomorrow.
“Despite the difficulties, I’ve still got half a smile on my face driving here in front of all the British fans. They are giving me and the Team the energy to come back stronger tomorrow,” the younger of the Mercedes drivers concluded.