Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton feels that whatever they try to do to fix the car makes it even worse.
Hamilton has endured a torrid time during the 2022 F1 season (Courtesy: Reuters)
- It has been a nightmare campaign for Hamilton and Mercedes in 2022
- The seven-time world champion endured a frustrating time during free practice
- Hamilton said that raising the chassis hasn’t had the desired effect
Lewis Hamilton has delivered his honest verdict on the Mercedes car by calling it the worst he has driven at the Canadian Grand Prix after a lacklustre performance in free practice.
Hamilton, who has won at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve seven times, cut a frustrated figure as he finished eighth and 13th in FP1 and FP2 respectively.
The seven-time World Champion was hoping that the changes made by the team to the car would have made it better. However, he endured another torrid time in the office as the 2022 season continues to be a difficult one for the team.
Speaking after the outing on Friday, Hamilton said that whatever they do to make the car better makes it worse and he is in a fight to ‘keep it out of the wall.’
“Whatever we do on this car to improve it just makes it more unhappy. One touch of the kerbs here and the car goes flying, it’s so stiff – and here in Montreal, you really need to ride the kerbs.”
“It’s not the Montreal that I’m used to and that I’ve driven throughout my career – it’s the worst I’ve felt any car here. You are putting on a momentous fight just to keep it out of the wall, you’re catching a car that’s jumping. It definitely keeps you on edge,” said Hamilton.
The seven-time World Champion also said that lifting the chassis hasn’t had a positive effect on the car and they will have to keep on working until they get the desired result.
“We raised the car but it didn’t make any real difference.”
“It was pretty much like every Friday, experimenting with lots of things.
“We tried a new floor on my car which didn’t really work and it seems a lot of things we try on this car struggle to work. We experimented with very different set-ups on the two cars in FP2 just to try and see if one way works and one way doesn’t. We have to keep working, it is what it is,” said Hamilton.