Lewis Hamilton has warned he has a brand new device on his automotive for this weekend in a bid to assist Mercedes resolve their automotive points. He defined the machine would make his automotive “slightly bit heavier” however would assist the group “acquire extra data”.
It’s doable the additional weight might compromise Hamilton’s race end result on Sunday for the advantage of long-term acquire. After Australia there’s a two-week hole the place groups might work on their vehicles forward of the primary European race in Imola.
Hamilton stated: “He and I had barely totally different vehicles as we try all various things. I’ve obtained one thing on my automotive which makes the automotive slightly bit heavier. Hopefully it’ll allow the group to achieve extra data from the race tomorrow so I hope from that we are able to begin to make some progress.”
Regardless of the additional device, Hamilton was nonetheless capable of put his automotive fifth on the grid for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell will line up straight behind after setting a lap one-tenth slower in an action-packed session.
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Hamilton and Verstappen’s on monitor rivalry was briefly resumed with the seven-time champion moaning on the Dutchman for blocking him in Q2. The session was additionally interrupted with two crimson flags after crashes throughout two classes.
Nicholas Latifi and Lance Stroll got here collectively in the direction of the tip of Q1 in a misunderstanding between the drivers. Fernando Alonso might have been capable of unseat Mercedes from fifth and sixth however crashed firstly of Q3 on the tough flip 11.
Mercedes has seen a considerably resurgence on Saturday after a dismal Friday in Melbourne. Each drivers completed outdoors the highest 10 in FP2 whereas a number of midfield groups similar to Alpine and McLaren had been quicker.
Nonetheless, the Silver Arrows corrected it in qualifying to make sure they’re nonetheless the third-fastest automotive on the grid.
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After the session, Hamilton’s team-mate Russell claimed the automotive was troublesome to drive.
He added: “It was a hustle on the market. I imply it’s tough on the market, we had been aggressive with the set-up and 13 out of the 14 corners are fairly quick. Approaching that high-speed nook, I feel I used to be four-tenths slower than Norris.
“It’s tough, we try to determine the perfect compromise. It’s groups like McLaren and Crimson Bull who haven’t any porpoising, that’s the place we need to be.”