Mercedes Makes Shocking Decision With Lewis Hamilton….After Furstrating Australian Grand Prix Outing

Lewis Hamilton cut a frustrated figure after admitting the opening two practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix have left Mercedes with much to ponder. The Silver Arrows’ weekend got off to a difficult start in first practice as both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished well off the pace of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, who finished top of the timing charts and headed a Scuderia one-two at Albert Park. Things didn’t get much better in second practice for a team looking to record a ninth straight constructors’ title, with both of Mercedes’ drivers over a second behind eventual victor Charles Leclerc.



Hamilton, a seven-time world champion and pole-sitter for each of the last six races in Australia, found himself well down the field in 13th, more than one-and-a-half seconds behind the triumphant Monégasque driver. Speaking after second practice, he accepted that any pre-weekend optimism had quickly been quashed, although he was quick to back his team to rediscover their formula for success. “I feel good, I feel okay. It was just a difficult session,” he told Sky Sports.
“You go in very optimistic, you make changes, and it doesn’t seem to be wanting to improve. We made some changes going into FP2; FP1 was better, and FP2 ended up being a bit harder, so it’s tricky. “I don’t think it’ll be tricky to find our way back. This is the way it is, so we just have to drive with it.

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“We’re trying to push, trying to catch, and even when you do a decent lap, it’s 1.2s down.” Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell, currently fourth in the World Drivers’ Championship standings but without a podium after the opening two races, also conceded that the team’s current plight is less-than-ideal as they continue to find themselves cut adrift in the middle of the pack.



“We’re not in the position that we want,” he said. “There’s quite a few midfield cars ahead of us, and we’re quite a long way off the pace. “We need to work hard tonight and understand the limitations [of the car].”Asked if he was still enjoying driving, Russell added:



“Driving is always cool [but] you enjoy it more when you’re on top of the timesheet! “When you think you’ve done a good lap and then you look at the timesheet and see that you’re down in P11, it’s not where we want to be as a team. It’s all about results.”

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