Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes AMG F1 team is not hiding its pace. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who set the fifth fastest time in Bahrain on Friday, said it was not an easy day in the W13 during testing.
On Friday, the penultimate day of winter testing, temperatures were very hot with 36 degrees in the air, while gusty winds plagued all the drivers throughout the day, bringing sand on the track all the time. Hamilton for his part insisted that he had a less easy day than it looked on track.
Formula1.com reports: “It was quite difficult, it was windy and there was a lot of sand. The wind kept turning, so in general it was quite difficult,
“The car is not quite where we want it to be at the moment, but we are trying to get to grips with it. It’s definitely different to last week [in Barcelona], but I think it’s more the tyre operation that’s different here with these temperatures. I don’t think it’s the change we’ve made [zero pod], because I think a lot of work has been done to bring this update.” said Lewis Hamilton on Friday evening in Bahrain to the assembled press.
“But these are just obstacles that we all face with these new cars, everyone faces them. I have confidence in the team here and in the factory, and we’ll find out [what’s wrong], but it won’t be an easy road.”
As for suggestions that Mercedes have been hiding their game since the start of winter testing, Hamilton replied: “We would be really good if we had all this oversteer just to hide our pace. But that’s not the case, we’re trying to work it all out, but like I said, others are struggling too.”
The truth will come out next week in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, the first round of the 2022 season, when no one will be able to hide their game.