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Mercedes car performance “like a mood swing” – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes during the qualifying ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Zandvoort circuit in Zandvoort, Netherlands on September 3, 2022. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton said the difference in his Mercedes Formula 1 car is “like a mood swing” from race to race.

The British driver experienced a rollercoaster of performances – while he bounced back and qualified fourth at the Dutch Grand Prix, Hamilton endured a tough race in Belgium where he qualified far from leader Max Verstappen, and then retired after making contact with Fernando Alonso.

“There’s hope the potential is there,” Hamilton told Motorsport.com at Zandvoort. “But I have no idea whether the car is going to be good or bad in the next races. You just have to see when you come.

“It’s like a mood swing. It’s like the characteristics of a human being. You don’t know which side of the bed it’s going to get out of.”

Speaking about his performance during the Belgian Grand Prix, Hamilton said there were “things we could have done differently.”

“We’re just looking at things we can make sure that we’re better prepared from race to race.

“But just generally, this type of track, just putting the car on it, it works much better with the ride height and all sorts.”

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