The seven-time world champ and his colleague George Russell withstood their share of troubles around the streets of Monte Carlo on Friday, with their W13 experiencing some severe bouncing.
Reflecting on his day, after ending up 12th in the 2nd session, Hamilton stated: “Firstly, it’s the bumpiest the track has ever been, it’s mostlikely the bumpiest track I’ve ever driven.
“So that makes it one challenging, however then on 2, simply normally our vehicle is rather…it bounces a lot. It’s various, it’s various bouncing to what we’ve experienced in the past. It’s simply because it’s in the low speed likewise, so it’s not aero. I believe it’s simply the bumps on the track are making it evenworse.”
Hamilton stated that the stiff set-up attributes of the 2022 vehicles was not making things simple for him, as colleague Russell exposed that there were times when the automobile had its 2 front wheels off the ground.
“There are areas where both of the tires are off the ground,” stated Russell, who was 6th fastest in FP2.
“At Turn 5, the front right is up in the air, and it is so stiff even the front left is popping up off the ground as well. There are points you are practically doing a wheelie duetothefactthat there are no front wheels on the ground.
“So it’s challenging. I puton’t understand what more we can do with carsandtruck. We are doing whatever we can to shot and make it a bit mucheasier for us and to offer us a bit more self-confidence.
“But you understand, the people and gals are gonna work tough overnight and see what we can do for tomorrow.”
George Russell, Mercedes W13
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Hamilton included: “As I stated, it’s various to when we were having bouncing previously. It is bouncing, however it’s a various kind of feel.
“There are like 100 bumps on simply one directly. So I wear’t understand how it is for the others, or whether or not they’re experiencing the exactsame as us. But it’s the bumpiest roller rollercoaster flight.”
Hamilton stated the feel of the present generation of automobiles was a world away from how he keptinmind Monaco Grands Prix in the past.
“I keepinmind simply back in the day, my veryfirst year here, simply a light active automobile going around,” he stated. “It was so much muchbetter.
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“But now we have these very heavy carsandtrucks that are muchheavier than ever previously and braking zones are various. It’s insane in 2022 that the tracks aren’t smooth when they haveactually been resurfaced. Technology is still versus us.
“But putting the lap together is tough, however I believe we made some enhancements going into that session, and it doesn’t even feel bad when you infact do attempt to put a lap together, the grip doesn’t feel dreadful.
“It’s simply you understand, your eyeballs are coming out of the sockets. And so we’ve got some work to do overnight to shot and repair that.
“As expected, I didn’t think we would be as fast as the Ferraris and the Red Bulls. Our fight is to shot and stay ahead of the McLarens at the minute.”