Lewis Hamilton was not very happy about his second place in qualifying.
The British seven-time world champion complained about the new changes in the aerodynamics rules. He believes that this is intended to take away Mercedes’ advantage over the other teams.
Both Mercedes drivers had visible problems with the chassis of the new Mercedes W12 and the car’s rear balance also “leaves a lot to be desired.”
The issue Hamilton is getting at is the new changes to the rear of the car (especially the reduction in the size of the floor). This problem seems to be a big one for Mercedes. A bigger one than for Red Bull and Hamilton is unhappy with that.
“I mean, it’s no secret that the changes, of course they have been done to peg us back.”
The Briton also compared the rule change to that of last year, when engine modes were banned in qualifying:
“We had the changes, of course, last year to our engine to do the same thing. But that’s OK. We love a challenge and we don’t look down on these things. We just work hard to do the best we can, and that’s what we will do.”
Even if it wasn’t the pole position he wanted, it was good for Hamilton to see that the gap to Red Bull wasn’t as big as expected.
“I think this is a really good step forward for us coming this weekend,” Hamilton continued. “I think we thought it was double the gap that you see today and so that’s really down to some really fantastic work from the men and women back at the factory.”