F1 » Hamilton: Mercedes has ‘a lot of work to do’


Despite pole and a podium in China, Lewis Hamilton claims that there is still a gap for Mercedes to close.

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oldtimer - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 12:40 PM

They still seem to miss a bit of race pace but there not far away and Nicos been unlucky rather like Webber. Hamilton makes a big difference and with a bit more development I can see them winning several GPs unlike Mclaren who are miles away from being competitive. I see the championship developing into a four driver race with Vettel, Alonso, Raikonnen and Hamilton nobody else will get near this four, very predictable i'm afraid but that's how it is, the cream always rises to the top.

tdog - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 2:14 PM

@Fernandabulous

It's comments like yours that make this site full of fanboys and haters. Why would any team intentionally destroy the chances of scoring maximum points, thus max prize money, by crippling their other car? It doesn't make business sense.

Great qualifying speed but then Hamilton always pushed the car to it very last tenth, even race pace is not far off as he was keeping with alonso till the 2nd stint and kept Kimi behind till last stint then stayed a second behind till 4 laps till the end wich by then hamiltons tyre were "shot" as he says lol... Merc needs to start pushing very hard to get that race pace perfect the there is no stoping him..

michael fornarina - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 5:59 PM

.. besides Merc's infamously high tire deg -- Hammy says he also had a problem with the front wing.. where it was fluctuating and going from understeer to balanced.. back to understeer. Without the front wing problem he said he may have been able to overhaul Raikkonen .. but admits the Lotus was VERY quick. So Merc have got some car development and set-up work to do for sure.

107SS2009

April 16, 2013 6:45 PM

tdog, what some people cannot understand is that they are just advertising their gross stupidity.
The Mercedes has made big strides forward but they are sacrificing too much race pace for qualifying pace that's besides the tyre usage problem that they had for the last three years and seems to still be with them, and they will not be helped any by Lulu in that department because of his driving style.

tdog - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 7:43 PM

@107SS2009

Any driving style would not do any good for that Merc, ask Schumacher and Rosberg. The Merc's engine are just too powerful for today's Pirellis.

At least, they already have 1 pole and 2 podiums thanks to Lewis. That Merc didn't belong in that podium if it wasn't for the pole. He put himself in that position. Massa with the same car as Alonso and Redbull with the better package should have been on the podium but Vettel pitted too late and made a mistake on the penultimate corner.

107SS2009

April 16, 2013 9:05 PM

Tdog, the top three F1 engines are in the same ball park power output wise.
One of Lulu's podiums so far actually belongs to Rosberg according to Lulu himself which should have put him equal with Massa podium wise.

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