Hamilton: Mercedes Lacking Performance in ‘Clear’ Area
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes’ seven-time World Champion, expressed his satisfaction with the upgraded Mercedes W14 car after an “amazing” first day in Monaco. Despite a strong performance, Hamilton believes it is “very clear” where the new-look car lacks performance. The Monaco Grand Prix marks the debut of the heavily revised W14, featuring a more conventional sidepod design, as part of Mercedes’ commitment to a change in car philosophy following a lackluster start to the season.
Hamilton’s Positive Day:
While his teammate George Russell faced difficulties throughout the day, Hamilton showcased a stronger performance during Friday’s practice sessions in Monte Carlo. Hamilton finished third in the morning session, ahead of the dominant Red Bulls. He ended the day in sixth place, although half a second off Max Verstappen’s pace-setting time. Hamilton expressed his gratitude to the team for their hard work in developing the new car and acknowledged the progress made during the day.