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Hamilton: These things happen, we will bounce back

Hamilton: These things happen, we will bounce back

Hamilton: These things happen, we will bounce back

Lewis Hamilton capped off a horrible weekend down under with a DNF from the 2024 Australian Grand Prix, having failed to make it into Q3 one day earlier.

It was a weekend to forget for Hamilton as Mercedes’ woes with their 2024 Formula 1 car, the W15 still hampering their effort this season.

Mercedes apparently are not understanding what makes their car fast and what doesn’t, team boss Toto Wolff even admitting they went down a wrong route with Hamilton’s car setup at one point.

But despite some slight improvement in the final practice session, Hamilton failed to make it into Q3 in qualifying, while George Russell – currently having a better handle on the W15 that his teammate – qualified seventh.

And while Hamilton seemed to be making some progress early on in the race as he opted to start on the Soft tyres, bucking the trend of having Mediums like others, his race ended with a power unit failure on Lap 17.

Speaking after the race in Mercedes’ press release, Hamilton said: “My race was going OK up until the point we suffered the Power Unit failure.

“It’s quite tough to overtake here but we had gained some positions early on with the Soft tyre. It was unfortunate that we had to retire as there was still a long way to go.

“I was beginning to press on, but the Power Unit just stopped. These things happen and I know we will bounce back,” he insisted.

Mercedes can improve the car as the season progresses

Despite the early-season struggles with their overhauled car, Hamilton is adamant the situation will get better, he added: “We will also improve the car as the season goes on.

“We have done so in previous years, and I am confident we will do so again. It is tough that we are not as competitive as we would like at the moment, but we will keep working hard. I am focused on doing that with the team.

“In the short term, I expect we will still find it difficult to challenge further up but we will see what we can do in the medium term,’ he concluded.

“That was a disappointing race to end a difficult weekend,” Mercedes boss, Wolff added, after he saw the other Merc of George Russell in the wall on the final lap after an incident with Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso.

Of Hamilton’s race, he said: “After taking a brave decision to start on the Soft tyre, Lewis had made good progress initially.

“Unfortunately his race came to an end shortly after. We will send the Power Unit back to Brixworth and investigate what caused the failure.

“Nobody feels positive about where we find ourselves right now, but we are focused on turning this around. It is tough to take but we will remain calm and composed.

“We have seen others who have shown that when you get it right, things can turn around quickly. That is what we are aiming to do,” the Austrian concluded.

Mercedes head to the next grand prix in Japan fourth in the Constructors’ Championship with 26 points.