Hamilton’s Challenge: Not Where We Want to Be

Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes team are facing challenges with the car during the free practice sessions in Mexico, but they are working to make improvements and are confident in their ability to achieve a competitive pace.


‣ Lewis Hamilton’s car felt completely different in Mexico compared to the previous race in Austin.
‣ The team focused on trying out different set-ups and did not have the most competitive long runs.
‣ Hamilton is confident that they can improve the car’s performance.
‣ Technical Director Andrew Shovlin also acknowledged that the car was not running well.

In the first two free practice sessions for the Mexican Grand Prix, Max Verstappen had a smoother run compared to Lewis Hamilton. While Verstappen’s car showed improvement, Hamilton faced challenges with his W14. In a statement, Hamilton expressed his frustration, saying, “It’s been a challenging day for me today, the car felt completely different…we need to understand why…we’ve been focusing on trying out different set-ups.” Despite this setback, Hamilton remains hopeful and confident that they can improve the car’s performance.

Technical Director Andrew Shovlin also acknowledged the difficulties faced by Hamilton and the team. He stated, “We’ve struggled with the car today…Lewis was finding the car quite a handful.” Shovlin praised Frederik Vesti, who drove in place of George Russell in the first practice session, for his ability to navigate the challenges and successfully complete the test items.

While Hamilton and the team were not fully satisfied with the car’s performance, they are determined to work hard overnight in order to make the necessary changes and improvements. Hamilton emphasized, “The car showed a promising pace in Austin and I’m confident we can get it to a good place here and there’s plenty of room for us to improve.” Despite the initial setbacks, the team remains optimistic about their chances in the upcoming race.

Overall, the first two free practice sessions in Mexico presented some challenges for Lewis Hamilton and the team. However, they are determined to overcome these obstacles and make the necessary improvements to ensure a competitive performance in the race. With their previous success at this track, Hamilton and the team remain hopeful for a positive outcome in the Mexican Grand Prix.

Albert Ramirez
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