Mercedes has tried a number of set-up experiments during practice at the first nine grand prix in an effort to try to unlock extra performance despite the porpoising and bouncing troubles that have dogged its W13 vehicle thus far this season.
Due to his greater expertise compared to rookie teammate George Russell, who is just in his fourth complete F1 season, Hamilton has frequently taken the lead on Mercedes’ setup experimentation this year.
On Friday morning in Canada, Hamilton declared that as part of his experimental role, he was going to conduct “something quite radical” in practice. However, he later claimed that the experiment was a “failure.” In the end, the seven-time world champion placed third on Sunday, matching his best performance thus far in the 2022 campaign.
Hamilton joked that “maybe in the second part of the season, George can do the tests” when asked by Autosport about his “guinea pig” role thus far this year.
Nevertheless, he anticipated that moving forward the studies would be more cautious in order to prevent significantly compromising his racing weekend.
Following the Canadian race, Hamilton commented, “Moving forward, I believe we’ll be a little bit more cautious on performing too many experiments as it really does hinder you through the weekend, especially if you just have practice one and two in the dry and don’t get an FP3, for example.”
We can get a lot out of this weekend in terms of lessons learned and future improvements.
However, “you know, [there was] really excellent pace on Sunday, and it’s really nice to see, it’s not always been the case I’ve had with this vehicle so it’s nice to have a bit of a good tussle with her today”
Mercedes-AMG, Lewis Hamilton Andy Hone/Motorsport Images provided the image.
In order for Mercedes to compete with Red Bull and Ferrari at the front, Hamilton was optimistic that his home grand prix at Silverstone the following weekend would provide a same kind of move ahead.
Hamilton said of fellow podium finishers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz, “I simply want to be in a battle with these guys.
“The dream was if I can keep in that struggle with them and find a solution, but they were speedy. That was at the end there when the safety car came in and we started again. But eventually, we shall arrive.