Lewis Hamilton has admitted that Mercedes is experiencing several problems while fighting for pole position at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Mercedes star emphasized that he was suffering from problems with the brakes pushing the car in different directions.
Hamilton also revealed that the rebounding problems that plagued the team at the start of the season had returned. Hamilton was only quick enough for P5 on Saturday with both Mercedes three-tenths slower than Carlos Ssinz’s Ferrari.
The Silver Arrows pair were within half a second of the Red Bulls when Max Verstappen secured pole position. Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Hamilton said: “We thought this would be a tough race for us, but over the weekend so far we didn’t look like we were eight tenths down.
“It was a surprise in qualifying to be so far behind them, six tenths of that is just on the straight. Otherwise, I’ll give it my all and look forward to tomorrow’s finale.
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A day later, the former Williams driver won his first Grand Prix when Hamilton finished second. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff also responded to the German manufacturer’s pace, emphasizing that the team has fallen back this weekend.
He explained: “I just heard it’s world toilet day so that’s one to put in the toilet. I think we just didn’t do the job. We went back and they took a small step forward. We adopted a high downforce, high drag concept to have a good race car for tomorrow. That was so slow on the straights that it didn’t give anything.”
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