Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wants less of a 'rollercoaster' F1 season

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton hopes that his season becomes less like a "rollercoaster ride" after an inconsistent start to the 2017 Formula 1 season

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wants less of a 'rollercoaster' F1 season

Hamilton cut Sebastian Vettel's 25 points lead down to 12 in the drivers' standings after a third victory of the season in the Canadian Grand Prix, helping to close the gap after difficult races at Sochi and Monaco - with a win in the Spanish GP between them.

The three-time world champion says that getting the W08 working at full potential is still a tough task for Mercedes, but that it has learned from previous races this year.

"For us, personally getting the car where we need it every weekend is definitely a challenge," he said.

"But I think we've learned a lot from Monaco and 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."

Hamilton highlighted the team's turnaround from Monaco to Montreal as a sign of the team learning from its mistakes.

"The teamwork, the engineering, was so much better," he added.

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

CANADA FASTEST LAP WAS FOR DATA

Hamilton added that his surprise fastest lap in the final stages of the Canadian GP was not for "fun", but rather for data purposes.

The lap time was a second faster than his previous best in the race, and came when he was comfortably ahead of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

"It was not for fun," he said. "I had not really needed to put the car on the limit during the race.

"When I come back and do my engineering I have to give back information, and I get a lot of that information from doing 70 laps of the track.

"There are several different states you can put the car in, and I was like 'one lap I need to put the car properly on the limit'.

It was firstly to see how the tyres react - do they wake up, do they get better, do they get worse, does the car react differently on the kerbs?

"If I hadn't done that lap, I would have come out of an hour and 45 minutes, or whatever it is, with a little bit less information."

shares
comments
Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn says F1 has become 'too technical'

Previous article

Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn says F1 has become 'too technical'

Next article

Renault F1 boss Abiteboul says Kubica not on team's list for 2018

Renault F1 boss Abiteboul says Kubica not on team's list for 2018
Load comments
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Plus

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton Plus

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Plus

Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates Plus

Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates

For the second time in 2021, McLaren will line up for the start of a grand prix from the first row. It knows it has the chance of “glory” if things go well for Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris at the start of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, but even if they just maintain their grid positions, signs from the rest of the Monza weekend suggest success is very possible for Formula 1’s other orange army

Formula 1
Sep 12, 2021