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Hamilton says ‘no point getting worried’ over Mercedes mileage

Lewis Hamilton pre-season testing. Credits: Mercedesamgf1

Lewis Hamilton says there is “no point getting worried” over Mercedes’ mileage after many problems compromised the first two days of testing of the reigning champion team.

Mercedes admitted that after day one of testing it was “quite a way behind” with the program due to a gearbox failure in the morning session and a balance issue in the afternoon. 

However, when many people were already saying that Mercedes was struggling ahead of the 2021 season, the German team showed its capabilities with Valtteri Bottas. The Finn set the fastest lap on Saturday, collecting 58 laps in the afternoon. 

Despite concluding the second day on top, Mercedes is still the worst team in terms of kilometers covered, with only 162 laps completed. 

Lewis Hamilton also denied the rumors stating that Mercedes was in trouble after the first issues at the pre-season testing in Bahrain. 

“It’s day two of testing, we’re just focused on doing our job, so nowhere near at the moment,” Hamilton said in the afternoon before Bottas began his run. “I think we’re just focusing on trying to understand the car. There’s no point in getting worried just yet.

“Everyone is focusing on their programs, and that is what we’re doing.”

The seven-time world champion admitted that the car felt pretty similar to yesterday (Friday), but he was happier with the track conditions. Then, he also explained that the conditions were still tricky due to the wind, which also caused his spin in Turn 13. 

“Today the wind I think did a 180, so the track is a lot different today,” said Hamilton. “Some places you can push where you couldn’t yesterday, and it’s very gusty, as I found out into Turn 13.

“So the rear doesn’t feel particularly great with this new regulation change, but we’re trying to find the sweet spot.”

Finally, Hamilton said that this year the pre-season testings were not that useful to find the areas that can be improved in his W12. 

“We’ve done what, 60 laps? Something like that. And Valtteri I think is about to go and do his first laps, so it’s not a lot compared to other test days we’d normally have, but we’re trying to be as efficient as we can be.

“We have less mileage than some of the others, like the Red Bulls, so far. We’re just trying to stick to our program and manage the number of laps that we have also, and try to be as efficient as we can.”

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