Sport Hamilton cautious on Mercedes' 'rollercoaster' form

16:47  19 june  2017
16:47  19 june  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Hamilton cautious on Mercedes' 'rollercoaster' form

  Hamilton cautious on Mercedes' 'rollercoaster' form Lewis Hamilton says his rollercoaster start to 2017 has left him unable to predict Mercedes uneven form going into the next races. The three-time champion has endured an up and down start to the season, taking three victories but losing points in his title fight with Sebastian Vettel after poor outings in Russia and Monaco. Victory at the Canadian Grand Prix leaves Hamilton 12-points adrift of Vettel, however, with Baku the next round in the championship, Hamilton – who struggled there last year – admits he is cautious on Mercedes’ prospects but is confident the team can turn a corner with consistent performances. “Obviously we’ve had a great weekend, but I can’t really predict what’s going to happen,” he said. “We’re going to go to another race – Baku is very smooth, a bit like Russia. “For us, personally getting the car where we need it every weekend is definitely a challenge. But I think we’ve learned a lot from Monaco, I think we’ve learned a lot [from Canada]. “If we acquire the same diligence that we did in the past two weeks after every single race, even when we win, I’m pretty sure that we can continue to fight, and maybe not make the rollercoaster ride so up and down.” The 32-year-old praised his team’s turnaround in Montreal from Monaco, linking it to the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix – where Mercedes was oddly off the pace in its worst weekend during its three-year dominance of the sport.

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Lewis Hamilton says his rollercoaster start to 2017 has left him unable to predict Mercedes uneven form going into the next races.

The three-time champion has endured an up and down start to the season, taking three victories but losing points in his title fight with Sebastian Vettel after poor outings in Russia and Monaco.

Victory at the Canadian Grand Prix leaves Hamilton 12-points adrift of Vettel, however, with Baku the next round in the championship, Hamilton – who struggled there last year – admits he is cautious on Mercedes’ prospects but is confident the team can turn a corner with consistent performances.

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  Ricciardo wins crazy Baku race Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo optimistically won a chaotic and controversial Azerbaijan GP as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel clashed.Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo claimed a totally unexpected victory in a crazy and controversial Azerbaijan GP as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel's title rivalry finally ignited in on-track clashes.

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“Obviously we’ve had a great weekend, but I can’t really predict what’s going to happen,” . “We’re going to go to another race – Baku is very smooth, a bit like Russia.

“For us, personally getting the car where we need it every weekend is definitely a challenge. But I think we’ve learned a lot from Monaco, I think we’ve learned a lot [from Canada].

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“If we acquire the same diligence that we did in the past two weeks after every single race, even when we win, I’m pretty sure that we can continue to fight, and maybe not make the rollercoaster ride so up and down.”

The 32-year-old praised his team’s turnaround in Montreal from Monaco, linking it to the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix – where Mercedes was oddly off the pace in its worst weekend during its three-year dominance of the sport.

Ricciardo wins crazy Baku race

  Ricciardo wins crazy Baku race Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo optimistically won a chaotic and controversial Azerbaijan GP as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel clashed.Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo claimed a totally unexpected victory in a crazy and controversial Azerbaijan GP as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel's title rivalry finally ignited in on-track clashes.

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“I think in Singapore it was a bit more of an unknown, what happened then,” he added. “I definitely came away even after two weeks still not fully understanding why we were in the position we were in. It was a bit like that for all of us, even though we did come back.

“This time, as I said, the teamwork, the engineering, was so much better. We really understood where we went wrong, we really understood where the car was wrong, why we couldn’t activate the tyres.

“We came here actually with real knowledge rather than an idea of what potentially might have been the case, and ‘we’ll try a couple of them’. We actually came here with a real know-how of how to fix it.”

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Bottas expects good race with Hamilton in Baku .
Valtteri Bottas has said he expects a good race after losing out on pole position to team-mate Lewis Hamilton for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Given the practice pace from both Mercedes on Friday, the turnaround in pace had certainly reshaped their weekend. After being out-qualified by Hamilton in all but two race weekends thus far, this situation could feel like a bitter pill to swallow for the Finn after coming close once again. Fighting back against the growing wave of form rising from Hamilton’s side of the garage will be important to take the battle to him in the race. “We were quite lost on Friday but we made some changes and turned the weekend around,” Bottas said. “Going into the race we have a fantastic starting position and I’m expecting a good fight with Lewis.” Having been in contention to head the grid for Sunday’s race, Bottas felt disappointed to have fallen behind after the red flag period caused by the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo disrupted his rhythm. “It’s disappointing to lose pole as that was the target today,” he said. “It was looking good before the late red flag, but Lewis produced a great lap and mine just wasn’t good enough. “That final run in Q3 was the first time we had tried to do a flying lap on the first lap, because of the temperatures, and I couldn’t get them to work as well as Lewis did – I just couldn’t find that grip out there.

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