Hamilton Fears Car Bouncing will Continue
Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time Formula 1 world champion, is worried that his Mercedes car will continue to experience bouncing issues for the remainder of the year. Currently sitting in third place in the driver standings, Hamilton trails behind Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. Despite Mercedes making improvements this season, Hamilton believes that the bouncing problem has not been fully resolved.
Optimism for Next Year
Although Hamilton is concerned about the bouncing issue persisting, he remains optimistic that the problem will not be a characteristic of the car next year. He explained that the bouncing comes and goes, with some races being more affected than others. However, he emphasized that the bouncing is not as severe as it was last year.
Mercedes' Plans for Improvement
Earlier this season, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff promised to provide Hamilton and his teammate George Russell with a more reliable car in 2024. Wolff acknowledged that the season did not start well for the team but mentioned that they have made progress in understanding the car better. He highlighted the tight competition for second place in the standings among Aston Martin, Ferrari, McLaren, and Mercedes. Wolff expressed the team's focus on regaining championship-winning form and mentioned that they have identified areas for development and improvement.
Importance of Reliability
Wolff stressed the need to give the drivers a more stable and reliable car, rather than solely focusing on increasing downforce. He acknowledged that it takes time to make fundamental changes to the car's concept and aerodynamics but expressed confidence that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Providing the drivers with a stable car that instills confidence during corners is a key area of improvement for the team.
Upcoming Race in Texas
Hamilton and his Mercedes team will be back in action this weekend at the upcoming race in Texas. As they continue to tackle the bouncing issue, they will be aiming to secure a strong performance and valuable points in the driver and constructor championships.