From pain to the podium: How Mercedes changes saved Lewis Hamilton


Ewan Gale

Lewis Hamilton has revealed the “drastic changes” made by his Mercedes team led to a Canadian Grand Prix podium after being driven down a “dreadful” avenue at the start of the weekend.

The seven-time world champion earned only his second top three finish of the season in Montreal, after qualifying fourth in a rainy session on Saturday.

Hamilton complained the W13 was worse than ever on Friday after experimenting with the setup in the first two practice sessions. Explaining how his weekend went, he revealed: “We tried two different avenues [in practice] and the avenue where I was going down was dreadful.

“We gathered all the data we had and made drastic changes to the setup and it was much nicer today, more in line with what we had expected.

“It was good, when you go a full race distance you find out a lot about the car and the relationship you have with the car, data, etc.

“So there’s a lot to take away from today and one really great thing is that we have very good reliability, which is a tribute to the great work the whole team is doing at both factories.”

Hamilton hopes to improve his home

F1 returns to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix next time, with the mid-to-high speed track layout perhaps playing more in Mercedes’ hands.

Still, the rebounding issues that plagued the Silver Arrows could reappear and Hamilton insisted: “We have to keep our heads down, keep working.

“I know where I’m losing to these guys, that’s where I’m going to focus on the attack, to improve.

“I think we’re better in the mid and high speed corners than in the low speed corners, but we have some rebounds so I don’t know how it’s going to go through Copse.

“It will be interesting for us there, but we are really excited to be back in the UK. The weather is amazing right now and I hope it will be the same next week.”


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