Lewis Hamilton describes Mercedes as “unmanageable” and “crash” after training for the Canadian Grand Prix

Mercedes experimented with the floor in Canada while Hamilton finished more than a second behind Max Verstappen in second practice; watch workout 3 live on Sky Sports F1 at 6pm on Saturday, with qualifiers from 9pm.

Last updated: 18/06/22 00:16

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Lewis Hamilton was disappointed with the performance of his Mercedes during the opening practice on Friday in Canada

Lewis Hamilton was disappointed with the performance of his Mercedes during the opening practice on Friday in Canada

Lewis Hamilton described his car as a “disaster”, admitting that Mercedes is unlikely to make any improvements to its performance at the start of the season for the rest of the year.

The seven-time world champion, who is 88 points behind leaders in the drivers’ championship Max Verstappen after eight races in 2022, was only 13th in the schedule in the second practice of the Canadian Grand Prix, as his Mercedes continued to suffer from the sea a pig that torments their campaign.

Hamilton, who described his car as “unmanageable” on team radio and “so bad” before his post-race interview. Sky Sports F1struggled with an experimental floor setting on Friday, as he scored the best lap time by more than a second slower than the leaders.

And he was desperate for the team’s hopes of making any progress this year.

“Nothing we do with this car seems to work,” he said Sky Sports. “We are trying different settings. George and I used many different settings in this P2, just to see if one way works and one doesn’t.

“I will wait to hear how he feels, but for me it was a disaster. It’s as if the car is getting worse, the more miserable it gets, the more we make it.

“We will continue to work on it. That’s what it is. I think this is the car of the year. We will have to persevere and work hard to create a better car for next year.”

George Russell was not impressed with the performance of his Mercedes

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George Russell was not impressed with the performance of his Mercedes

George Russell was not impressed with the performance of his Mercedes

Mercedes’ jumping left Hamilton in considerable discomfort in Azerbaijan last week, but he insisted he had taken precautions to ensure he felt healthy before Friday’s session.

However, he does not think that the car will be able to compete with Red Bull and Ferrari on the Gilles Villeneuve track until the end of the weekend.

“One touch on the curb and the thing flies, it’s so solid,” he added.

“You have to be able to use curbs here, so it’s very complicated. This is not Montreal, which I know, am used to and have experienced in my career. This is the worst I’ve ever felt in a car here.

“I hope to try to make some changes overnight, but this is the basis of the car. This is what it is and will be a struggle.

“It’s a monumental battle all the time to keep it off the wall. When it bounces, the car leaves the ground a lot, and when it lands, it catches up and goes in different directions.

“You’re just trying to catch a car that jumps, jumps and catches. It’s hard. It just keeps you on edge and there were some big hits today. We picked up the car and it doesn’t matter.

“We tried many, many things and rejected them all. These don’t work, so we have to go and find something else.

“We’re a long way off, but that’s to be expected with this car.”

Brandel: They almost try random settings

Mercedes chief technical officer James Alison admits the team did not think it would suffer so badly from the guinea pig this season

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Mercedes chief technical officer James Alison admits the team did not think it would suffer so badly from the guinea pig this season

Mercedes chief technical officer James Alison admits the team did not think it would suffer so badly from the guinea pig this season

Mercedes chief technical officer James Alison is in Montreal this week, and Sky Sports F1 expert Martin Brundell believes this is a sign that the team is desperate for better performance.

But he believes they are running out of opportunities as the team becomes more experimental in its approach.

“That was a very important thing that Lewis said about ‘this is the car we have,'” Brandel said.

“More and more it seems they can’t line up this Mercedes 2022; this is too big a setting. They have to basically fix it to the ground.

“Lewis more or less admits that he will have to make the most of this car.

“We don’t see James Alison on the spot too often … if they can’t find a solution, no one can with the resources they have.

“We know how brilliant this team is – minds, money, equipment and data – and they just can’t recruit it and solve problems.

“Sounds like they’re trying almost random settings, I’m going to go here, and you’re going to go there, let’s see if we can find a magic solution somewhere.”

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