Mercedes’ bouncing and porpoising issues reappeared on the bumpy Baku track this weekend, with Hamilton and team-mate George Russell complaining of back pain after practice and qualifying.
The seven-time world champion complained of back pain from his team’s radio during the race, with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff apologizing to him for the car’s bouncing problem , while Hamilton was grateful to finish the race in fourth place due to pain. felt.
“I was holding and biting my teeth from pain and adrenaline [helped]I can’t express the pain you feel, especially on the straight here,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1, having visibly suffered both when exiting the car and in post-race media interviews.
“At the end, you just pray for it to end.
“But we were still in such a good position, third and fourth, a great result for the team. The team did a great job with the strategy.”
Hamilton remains confident once Mercedes solves the porpoising problem of his F1 car he will be able to make some clear jumps in performance as he estimated the problem was costing him around a second per lap in Baku.
“Once we fix that rebound, we’ll be right there in the race,” he said. “But we were losing, for sure, more than a second just with the rebound. Or at least a second with the rebound.
“I will be at the factory tomorrow, we need to have good talks and keep pushing.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36
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Russell echoed his teammate’s post-race comments and reiterated his desire for the FIA to look into the matter for safety reasons, after the issue was raised during the F1 drivers’ briefing ahead of the 2018 GP. Azerbaijan.
“I was quite happy [for] the race is coming to an end, we are crushing the ground at every corner, every lap for an hour and a half is quite brutal, so I will sleep well tonight,” Russell told Sky Sports F1. “Especially on a circuit that is normally not so physical.
“I’m happy to be on the podium, as a team we have to be there to pick up the pieces at the end, and that’s what we do.
“We just gotta deal with it [bouncing] and as the drivers accept, there will be no short term changes.
“But there are ongoing conversations about the long-term future of these regulations. Let’s see. We have some smart people in this sport, so I’m sure we’ll find a solution.”