Hamilton expects “tough weekend” for Mercedes

2013 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2013Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes are in for a difficult weekend after the first day of practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

“It looks like it’s going to be a tough weekend for us,” said Hamilton. “We’re working as hard as we can and we just need to find more time from somewhere.”

I don’t really know where we’re losing but still at least we got through the day and there’s still positives to take out of it so we’re just going to try and analyse everything and see if we can find some more time somewhere.”

Hamilton said he expects strategy to be “something similar to the last race” with three or four pit stops. “But last race we had a lot of understeer but here we gave rear degradation. We’ve done as many laps as we can to try and probe out the long run. Maybe tomorrow we’ll do some more.”

Asked about the effect of the particularly high temperatures in Bahrain on him and the car he said: “Well one it sucks because you just sweat your arse off.”

“And then the other one it sucks so hard on the tyres that… it’s so hard to look after the tyres, you know the degradation just gets very tricky. I don’t know how some people are able to do it better than others but definitely we’re struggling compared to some others.”

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