Hamilton: Car went from “terrible” to “amazing”

2013 Bahrain Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013Lewis Hamilton was baffled by the performance of his Mercedes which changed dramatically during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton said he was “very happy – massively happy” to finish fifth. “Just because the race started out so bad,” he explained. “I wanted to get a good start, I got a terrible start. And then I was just so slow.”

“I was nowhere, had no speed at all. Nothing I could do, no matter what I did to the car it wouldn’t get faster and the gap was just growing in front.

“And all of a sudden something happened, after the second pit stop I think it was, all of a sudden the car started reacting differently and I was able to push, I had grip again.”

Hamilton thought the problem was related to the damage his car suffered yesterday when a delaminated tyre broke his suspension and gearbox:

“It must be something that happened to the car in qualifying, we’ve changed gearbox, perhaps something wasn’t set right and it went back to being set right. And all of a sudden the car was amazing.”

Having been left vulnerable at the start Hamilton finished the race by passing Mark Webber on the last lap: “At the beginning I wasn’t overtaking anyone, I was a sitting duck basically getting overtaken,” he said. “It was great to be able to do some overtaking here, for sure.”

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93 comments on Hamilton: Car went from “terrible” to “amazing”

  1. Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 22nd April 2013, 14:23

    It was obvious in the race – Hamilton couldn’t hold off anyone at the start but later on his car became competitive. Probably the same issue that stopped from qualifying well – he was a half second off pace which really made no sense.

    There was some great racing at the end between Hamilton and Webber.

    It’s pretty funny that in the case of Hamilton when he is slow that the car is more likely to be the problem than his driving. It’s like Messi striking a ball and it goes wide by 2 goal lengths and then people are grabbing the ball to see if there’s anything wrong with it:-)

  2. Dwight_js said on 22nd April 2013, 22:27

    Mysterious performance improvement eh? Maybe someone was playing the old “banana in the tailpipe” trick on him (like in Beverly Hills Cop). It finally fell out after that second pitstop.

  3. Carl Craven said on 23rd April 2013, 0:47

    And I quote Lewis “And I had grip again” thus inferring that at one point . . . . . . . . wait for it . . . . . . . he had no grip . . . . shock horror . . . . LMAO

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