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SportHamilton: Mercedes testing form "quite clear" to read

19:55  14 march  2019
19:55  14 march  2019 Source:   readsport.co

Lewis Hamilton recovers from early spin to rack up 85 laps on third day of Formula One testing in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton recovers from early spin to rack up 85 laps on third day of Formula One testing in Barcelona Lewis Hamilton recovers from early spin to rack up 85 laps on third day of Formula One testing in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton defied Mercedes team orders to drive faster in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in an attempt to scramble Nico Rosberg but Toto Wolff said: ‘Anarchy does not work in Wolff made it clear Mercedes were happy to let the two drivers race unless it compromised “our No1 objective of winning the race”.

During these testing days it became quite clear that Ferrari had made a huge progress over the winter and had closed the gap to Mercedes . The 2018 season was quite different for Hamilton . The first part of the season Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel was very strong and leading the championship.

Hamilton: Mercedes testing form "quite clear" to read © Clive Mason/Getty Images Sport F1 Grand Prix of Australia - Previews

Lewis Hamilton has reiterated that Mercedes “has work to do” on the eve of the 2019 Formula 1 season and that its testing form is “quite clear” to read.

Despite having achieved five consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ titles, Mercedes appears to be behind chief rivals Ferrari entering the new season.

Mercedes struggled to find a suitable car balance in the opening week and while the team’s fortunes appeared to improve with a raft of aerodynamic updates introduced for week two, Hamilton suggested that the gap to Ferrari was “potentially half a second” after the final day of pre-season testing.

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During Thursday’s FIA press conference, when asked if Mercedes’ testing form was difficult to read into, Hamilton responded, “it’s not difficult to read it.”

“I think it was quite clear, however it’s difficult to know what everyone’s doing, so naturally we won’t fully know until we get out in the car tomorrow and, come qualifying you get a better picture.

“Usually, over the first few races is when you really start to get an idea of where everyone stands – but we said that we have work to do and we weren’t talking BS. We have work to do.”

Hamilton: Mercedes testing form "quite clear" to read © Mark Thompson/Getty Images Sport Mark Thompson/Getty Images Sport

Hamilton added that Mercedes will bring “no upgrades” to the car for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, while rivals Red Bull are delivering updates originally set to arrive at the third race of the season in China.

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Hamilton: Mercedes deficit to Ferrari 'potentially half a second' Lewis Hamilton is concerned Mercedes could find itself as much as half a second off the pace of Ferrari at the start of the season. Ferrari is being tipped as the early-season favourites following its performance over winter testing, the Italian outfit registering the fastest laptime over the two weeks in Barcelona. Mercedes has waited until the final day of the second test to increase its pace, but the team’s best time on the morning session was three tenths slower than Ferrari’s benchmark. Although unsure as to what the exact gap is, Hamilton admits Mercedes could be 0.5s behind by the season-opener in Melbourne in two weeks time.

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Based on previous years, it is expected that Ferrari will also introduce new parts to the car this weekend.

“The car will be fresher here [in Australia],” Hamilton said of his W10 Mercedes in spite of the lack of updates post-testing. “We’ll have a much better understanding of it – but I think it’s the same for everyone.

“It will be interesting to see how the Red Bull upgrade works, and I know some other people, Ferrari usually bring an upgrade for the first race, so it’ll be interesting to see.

“Naturally after a test, you always improve the next day as the car gets older and older throughout the test. It wears and then you go away, you analyse where you’ve been.

“New information gets put in the wind tunnel, the engineers have new information and they work upon it. So, everyone takes a step after testing.

Hamilton expects Ferrari to bounce back.
Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes should expect a Ferrari resurgence in F1 2019's next races, claiming the Scuderia will "come back strong".

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