‘It’s tough out there’ – Hamilton reflects on challenging day of testing but backs Mercedes to bounce back

Baku, March 12, AZERTAC

Lewis Hamilton was left looking back on a difficult second day of pre-season testing in Bahrain for Mercedes – but backed the team to get the unique W13 performing up to their lofty standards, according to the official website of Formula 1.

Searing hot conditions welcomed the drivers in Sakhir on Friday, before gusts and sand peppered the track and made for an even more challenging day. The Silver Arrows had George Russell (13th on Day 2) in the car for the morning session before Hamilton took over for the afternoon to finish fifth overall.

“It’s definitely tough out there,” began Hamilton. “It’s windy, and the wind changed around quite a bit today. But yes, generally it’s been tough. Yes, it’s tough at the moment.

“I mean, you can see on the onboard, tankslappers left, right and centre, and then bouncing and bumping. [The car is] not quite happy at the moment, but we’re trying to tame it.”

Mercedes brought a significantly different package to Bahrain compared to their Barcelona iteration. And while Hamilton, along with his rivals, endured a number of uneasy moments at the wheel, he backed Mercedes to fix the W13’s issues. Not that the Briton said it would be easy.

“The car definitely is different to the last week but I think it’s more so the tyres working with these temperatures, which are different here. So it’s a different machine this weekend – but I don’t think it’s the change that we made; I think that so much great work has gone into creating this upgrade.

“But it’s just hurdles that we’re coming across with this new kind of car that everyone’s facing in 2022. I’m confident in the team here, and back at the factory, that we’ll figure it out. But it’s definitely not going to be a smooth road.”

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