Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time Formula 1 world champion, has experienced problems with his Mercedes car bouncing at high speeds, but he has now been advised to endure the discomfort or give up his seat.
If Lewis Hamilton continues to gripe about his car, he has been instructed to “move aside” from his Mercedes seat.
The seven-time world champion has spent the majority of the season dealing with a porpoising problem with his Mercedes, which causes the car to bounce violently. Hamilton was left clutching his back in pain after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix because the Silver Arrows had so far been unable to resolve the issue.
Toto Wolff, the team manager, acknowledged that the vehicle is a “s***box,” and Hamilton has made no secret of his dissatisfaction with it this season. But according to former McLaren and Red Bull driver David Coulthard, Hamilton should endure the suffering as he gets ready for the British Grand Prix the following weekend.
Naturally, people who are struggling more will speak out more than those who are succeeding. The same set of technical rules were given to everyone. Coulthard added, “I’ve been in situations where I’ve had the benefit of my team performing better and I’ve been on the other side where the team hasn’t performed as well.
“You absorb the discomfort, whether it comes from your lower back. What I would advise is to move aside if any motorist feels uneasy or as though he is endangering himself in the long run. If you feel uneasy, there are plenty of males and girls that would be extremely happy to get inside your automobile.
We must remember that sports don’t come with princess in the pea mattresses, in my opinion. If you play football, someone will drag their studs down the back of your legs. If you’re a boxer, you have to accept that someone will punch you in the face. Therefore, I believe we should keep in mind that certain teams are where they are right now and that there will be evolution, but for the most part, we should just get on with it.
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Due to his issues, Hamilton is currently in sixth place overall, 34 points behind teammate George Russell. Russell joined Mercedes this season after three seasons at Williams, but Coulthard doesn’t think their current campaign accurately represents their abilities.
“In my mind’s eye and it remains to be seen as and when Mercedes deliver a championship the faster the car, the more difficult it is to drive. The further you are away from the peak of downforce then everything just isn’t running as close to the limit,” Coulthard added.
“So what tends to happen if you’re in a really fast car, the exceptional drivers get more out of it. And when you have an average car, it’s easier for everyone to get something out of it. I think George is a future world champion, is a fantastic driver and has earnt that place in the team.
“But we won’t truly know how he compares to Lewis until he has a winning car again. Because right now, this is the best car that George has ever driven, relative to where the fastest car is. And this is not the best car that Lewis has ever driven. It’s two different mindsets, two different faces of their careers.
“That’s why right now, you go ‘oh George is outperforming Lewis’, well let’s wait and see when they qualify first and second, in whatever order they happen to be, let’s see what the order is then.”
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