Hamilton doesn’t want another race like that

2013 Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013Lewis Hamilton said he doesn’t want to go through another race like he had today.

The Mercedes driver finished 12th after starting on the front row of the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix.

“It was an experience that I don’t really want to go through again,” he said after the race. ” But that’s motor racing.”

Hamilton said he was unable to make his tyres last: “I was doing absolutely everything the same that I did in Bahrain but the tyres just didn’t come in, they didn’t give me good grip,” he said. “I wasn’t able to push and if I did the tyres went off immediately. Absolutely lost today, I don’t know what went on.”

“It seems like others have made a bigger step forward this weekend than we did,” he added. “If anything we didn’t make a step forward.”

“Although we brought upgrades they didn’t really fix the problems that we have with the degradation. Nico proved that the car wasn’t that as bad but for some reason mine just went backwards.”

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63 comments on Hamilton doesn’t want another race like that

  1. Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 12th May 2013, 15:39

    Mercedes should be pretty embarrassed with themselves. To be so quick on Saturday and nowhere in the race has to be about more than tyre wear. There are serious questions to be asked at that team.

    • Nick (@nick101) said on 12th May 2013, 16:05

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

      Performance on Saturday means precisely NOTHING in this day and age of F1!

    • sdtaylor91 (@sdtaylor91) said on 12th May 2013, 16:26

      It doesn’t add up
      – the car clearly has good downforce
      – easily quickest in 3rd sector, so it has v. good mechanical grip
      – rosberg especially had a good balance
      – rosberg was very patient and looked after the tyres brilliantly

      BUT still very severe degradation, there must be some kind of fundamental design flaw in that suspension. Biggest worry for the team right now has to be 2014 because those engines will have much more torque and will only make the problem worse. Big rethink needed

      • sdtaylor91 (@sdtaylor91) said on 12th May 2013, 16:30

        must be so depressing for the team because the car is RAPID and tyre wear was a huge focus of their winter development, they designed brand new rear suspension for this car and the problem seems worse than ever

      • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 12th May 2013, 17:01

        @sdtaylor91 . I think the reason it is faster than others in q3 is because of better tyre grip than others. Now , that itself arises because of overheating them too quickly . It just happens to benifit them during qualy as other teams are not able to heat theirs quickly enough . Very sad today . They did not develop anything.

        • sdtaylor91 (@sdtaylor91) said on 12th May 2013, 19:34

          Yeah, typically the best race pace is from the lotus and ferrari and i cant remember the last time either of them got a pole position in the dry, i think it was alonso, singapore 2010.

          It’s the one piece of the puzzle they’re missing, if they’d got good tyre wear they could be fighting for the championship

    • tvm (@) said on 12th May 2013, 18:19

      @red-andy Could we all agree to refrain from calling what happens on Sunday’s in F1 weekends “Race” please.

      It is not a race, its a strategy game that could be settled virtually with no need for a race track.

      • dkpioe said on 12th May 2013, 18:29

        thats a bit of a “smart” comment. it is more a race then ever now, instead of a mechanical package dictating the order like when ferrari dominated.

      • Ldom (@ldom) said on 13th May 2013, 8:17

        I agree. Hearing Hamilton say “I cannot go any slower” on the radio was probably the lowest point in years for me.

        • Jimbo Hull (@kartingjimbo) said on 13th May 2013, 12:31

          Agreed. It was so bad hearing it I just had to laugh it off or I probably would of had to go find a dark corner to sit in and slowly rock myself forwards and backwards.

        • DaveW (@dmw) said on 13th May 2013, 15:32

          Almost as bad was hearing Brawn tell him, “you have gained two laps on your target.” At this point, in stint 2, he had fallen to about 11th!.

    • Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 12th May 2013, 21:48

      Yes but this year what we are seeing is that P4 or P5 are better as long as the car has good race pace. Alonso passed 2 cars and nearly passed 3 cars including Kimi’s Lotus, Hamilton’s Merc and Vetter’s Red Bull over a single corner at the start of the race.

      If you’re going to pass the 3 fastest cars (and good defenders) in a single corner, you had better win the race, right?:-)

  2. Nick.UK (@) said on 12th May 2013, 15:41

    I said it yesterday for the second time. Mercedes qually performance counts for nothing. Behind them 3rd place is as good as pole position. That car baffles me how it can have such an incredible difference at high fuel. They would be better off I think forgetting a one stop less strategy even exists and focus on a one stop more strategy so their drivers can try and use some of the speed in that car.

    Their performance today was a joke!

  3. Ed Marques (@edmarques) said on 12th May 2013, 15:44

    Rosberg said that they spent all practice sessions focusing on the race set up, not worrying about quali, but in one lap, the car that just goes.

    • Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 12th May 2013, 21:56

      Hamilton said that something along the lines that he was lost during practice. Something’s definitely wrong with his car as we saw in Bahrain where his car seemed like a Marussia for part of the race then started working.

  4. DaveW (@dmw) said on 12th May 2013, 15:45

    Well. Rosberg finished in the points. Granted Brawn apparently was telling him to drive to a time. And running stint 1 in clean air helped Rosberg.

    Nonetheless Mercedes need to rip out the back end of that car and start over. What were they doing for 3 weeks?

    • Cristian (@theseeker) said on 12th May 2013, 15:57

      “What were they doing for 3 weeks?”
      Excellent question. Arguing with Pirelli about the tires, probably…they should take notes from Ferrari and Lotus. Doing, then talking is the right way, not vice versa.

      • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 12th May 2013, 16:01

        Interesting how people were constantly criticizing Rosberg back in 2011-12 for being a one-lap wonder and lacking race-craft.

        Well, now Hamilton seems to have the exact same problem, if not worse. It was the nature of the Mercedes cars which made Rosberg’s racing ability look mediocre.

        • q85 said on 12th May 2013, 16:06

          Exactly the problems have been there for ages. Infact its exactly the same as last season and in their efforts to fix it last season they ended being slow in qualy and average in the race, i fear the same will happen again.

          Interms of Rosberg it was not noted enough but at the end of last season his head dropped and michael pretty much always out performed him in the race.

  5. nackavich (@nackavich) said on 12th May 2013, 15:45

    I think a few more technical directors would probably help their situation.

  6. Antonio Nartea (@tony031r) said on 12th May 2013, 15:45

    Nor did Schumacher want three years of races like this that, but that’s just how things seem to be going at Mercedes…

  7. tmax (@tmax) said on 12th May 2013, 15:48

    Nobody wants another race like that … probably including Alonso….

  8. Ginola14 (@ginola14) said on 12th May 2013, 15:52

    Best file this race away in the “shocker race beset by technical woes”.

    Still, my money is on Mercedes winning at least one race this year.
    You have to fancy them if they hit their one sweet spot a year at some race at some point and Rosberg/Hamilton will do the rest.

    • jamie91 said on 13th May 2013, 13:24

      Possibly a win in Monaco if they can claim pole position and hold up the rest of the field for most of the race, one of them should have a good chance at a win.

  9. Dev (@dev) said on 12th May 2013, 15:54

    thats why James Allison is heading to Merc to get degradation of Lotus…..

  10. troutcor said on 12th May 2013, 15:59

    Interesting that Kimi is the only one able to make tires last well enough to do one less pit stop.
    The others should throw in the towel as Ferrari has and trade the extra pit stop for more speed.
    Makes the racing more exciting as well if people are not nursing tires.
    Vettel was HOW MANY seconds back?

  11. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 12th May 2013, 15:59

    We all know what talent Hamilton has, so it’s quite interesting to see how massively he suffered today for whatever reason, especially when his team-mate was so far up ahead of him at the end. Funny how one race can change so much in terms of expectation. I’m still putting Hamilton down as the winner in Monaco.

  12. BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th May 2013, 16:00

    “I was doing absolutely everything the same that I did in Bahrain but the tyres just didn’t come in, they didn’t give me good grip,

    – Maybe that was because neither the tyres, nor the track were the same either?

  13. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 12th May 2013, 16:11

    We should just have kept the 2012 tyres: they were fine towards the end of the season: strategy still mattered but the tyres didn’t solely decide the outcome of races like they do now. I’d like to see the opportunity available to do a different strategy and pick up some places but the fastest cars should still be able to win races. It’s not looking that way for Mercedes currently especially.

    • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 12th May 2013, 17:07

      @vettel1, I long for the 2012 tyres as well. They allowed some decent racing, and were more consistent than the 2013 tyres. It seemed most drivers struggled at some point during the race today. In fact, the only exception was Hamilton; he struggled consistently throughout the race.

      • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 12th May 2013, 17:46

        @adrianmorse exactly! It’s interesting I think that the argument against changing the tyres is that one team will dominate, as I think that is exactly what these tyres are doing: apart from in Malaysia, one driver was clearly faster than everybody else up front.

        • tmekt (@tmekt) said on 12th May 2013, 20:58

          The point is that one team dominates…as in wins all the races. So far, we have winners from three different teams this season.

          Which team is dominating?

    • dkpioe said on 12th May 2013, 18:34

      they worked fine towards the end of the year…. you mean the teams learnt to use them best in a consistent manner, like they will this year, just you wait and see!

    • Proesterchen (@proesterchen) said on 13th May 2013, 13:43

      Well, there was one team that never quite figured out the 2012 tyres, and Lewis Hamilton is now driving one of their cars.

  14. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 12th May 2013, 16:18

    so, who is next on line to get fired… the situation is the same as last year at Mercedes.

  15. Manished said on 12th May 2013, 16:18

    Funny, Rosberg was doing much better job than Lewis in both quali and races.

    Rubbishing the excuses on Nico opting for quali setup instead of race setup.

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