Lewis Hamilton Claims Rule Modifications Designed to ‘Peg Us Again’
Lewis Hamilton mentioned Mercedes will rise to the problem of dealing with the Components One rule modifications designed to “peg us again” after he was overwhelmed to pole on the Bahrain Grand Prix by Max Verstappen on Saturday.
The defending seven-time champion, bidding this yr for an unprecedented eighth drivers’ title, mentioned it was “no secret” that the revised aerodynamic rules had been launched to carry Mercedes again.
“I imply it’s no secret that the modifications, after all, they’ve been finished to peg us again,” he advised reporters on Saturday.
“We had the modifications, after all, final yr — to our engine — to do the identical factor.
“However that’s okay. We love a problem and we don’t look down on this stuff. We simply work laborious to do one of the best we are able to and that’s what we’ll do.”
His team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was third on Saturday, mentioned he had no reply to offer on the identical topic.
“I like aero stuff,” he mentioned. “I’m a little bit of a geek, in some methods. I like aerodynamics, I’m actually , however I don’t know the information.”
Hamilton mentioned he was buoyed by Mercedes’ response since struggling to match Crimson Bull at a pre-season take a look at earlier within the month.
“We’ve labored very laborious over the past week to try to perceive the bundle that we now have,” he mentioned.
“We made some steps ahead, however we couldn’t compete with that final lap Max did in the present day, however P2 places us ready to trigger Crimson Bull hassle tomorrow.
“Max did an ideal lap and practically 0.4 seconds is an enormous hole so we now have some work to do. We pushed, however simply on the finish I couldn’t get any extra out of the automobile.
“Nonetheless, it was thrilling and I’m immensely pleased with everybody.”