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It’s going to be a struggle: Lewis Hamilton describes Mercedes’ W13 car as “undriveable” ahead of Canadian Grand Prix

The seven-time champion hasn't won a single race this season and is sixth in the Drivers' championship with 62 points.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Published on - 18 June 2022 9:16 pm

The defending Constructors’ champions Mercedes have had a disappointing season as their star driver Lewis Hamilton immensely struggled with their 2022 car. The seven-time champion hasn’t won a single race this season and is sixth in the Drivers’ championship with 62 points. Recently after the first practice of the Candian Grand Prix, the British driver expressed his disappointment with the W13 as he finished P8.

Hamilton talked about how the car is ‘getting worse’ over the season and expressed his disappointment with it. He said, “It’s like the car’s getting worse, it’s getting more and more unhappy the more we do to it. I don’t know, we’ll keep working on it, it is what it is. I think this is the car for the year, so we’ll just have to tough it out and work hard on building a better car for next year,” he continued.

It’s the worse that I’ve ever felt any car here: Hamilton

He then talked about how he hopes the team manages to make some new changes in the car as the car is worse than ever. He said, “It’s not the Montreal that I know, that I’m used to and that I’ve experienced in my career. It’s the worse that I’ve ever felt any car here, so I’m hoping overnight we can try and make some changes. But fundamentally, it’s just the fundamentals of the car, it is what it is. It’s going to be a struggle.”

You’re just trying to catch a car that jumps: Hamilton

The 36-year-old then addressed the porpoising issue of the car that continues to haunt various teams across the grid. “It’s just a monumental fight the whole time to keep it out of the wall,” he added. “When it bounces, when the car leaves the ground a lot, and then when it lands it grips up and it goes in different directions, and you’re just trying to catch a car that jumps, hops, grips, hops, grips. It’s tough, it keeps you on edge.

We’re way off, but it’s to be expected with this car: Hamilton

He also opened up about how Mercedes made some changes for FP1 which haven’t worked out. He said,  “And there were some big hits today. We’ve raised the car but it doesn’t make a difference. We’ve tried loads and loads of things, we’ve ticked them all off,” he concluded. “Those ones don’t work, so we have to go and find something else. And we’re way off, but it’s to be expected with this car.”

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