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F1 2022: Lewis Hamilton angry at Mercedes bouncing back in training for the Monaco Grand Prix


An angry Lewis Hamilton lashed out at Mercedes after his car struggled again in practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has sparked outrage at Mercedes after he delivered a shocking performance in training at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The seven-time world champion wasn’t able to get enough lap time together, and only managed to hit the 12th fastest in the practice sessions.

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Mercedes has been plagued by ‘porpoises’ this season and Hamilton complained that his car was jumping so much while driving that it was akin to a ‘more bumpy rollercoaster ride’.

“It’s very bouncy here, my friend,” he said angrily over team radio.

“I’m losing my mind. I need elbow pads in this cockpit because they bounce a lot.”

Mercedes showed signs of improvement at the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend, but that appears to be short-lived. Hamilton was again behind teammate George Russell, who had the sixth fastest time in practice.

Hamilton said Monaco was one of the toughest circuits he’s ever had and said Mercedes had some work to do to catch up with Ferrari and Red Bull.

He said, “Probably the most bumpy track I’ve ever driven, it’s the toughest roller coaster ride.”

“And that makes it difficult, but then overall our car jumps a lot. It’s a different bounce than we’ve had in the past. It’s just because it’s low speed too, so it’s not aero. I think just the bumps on the track could make it worse.

“Just having the car fight to put the lap together is a lot different. I don’t remember experiencing that before.

“I remember back in the day, I mean, my first year here, just a nimble, light car going around, it was so much better.

“But now we have these very heavy cars that are heavier than ever and the braking zones are different.

“Putting the lap together is tricky, but I think we made some improvements in that session and it doesn’t look like you’re really trying to put the lap together, the grip doesn’t feel intimidating, it’s just your eyeballs coming out of the sockets. And so we have some work to do. Overnight to try to fix that.

“As expected, I didn’t think we would be as fast as Ferrari, Red Bulls.

“Our battle is to try to stay ahead of McLaren, I think.

“We are trying to figure out how we can improve on the bumps. I really hope for a better day tomorrow.

“The car seems to have the potential to be almost there with the guys. But there were all these things that held us back a little bit, but we wouldn’t stop fighting.”

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz topped the schedule, followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Daniel Ricciardo only got two laps before he exited his second practice session.

The Australian hit the barriers in the infamous Chicane pool, collapsing the front end of his McLaren.

“I did my best to save her,” he said, “but I couldn’t,”

“Obviously we missed the whole session, but I’m fine. Anyway, we have a chance again tomorrow and I’m sure they’ll fix the car tonight and put it in place for tomorrow.”

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