After leaving the seat to Nyck de Vries in the first free practice session in France, Lewis Hamilton he was looking forward to testing the renewed W13 at the Paul Ricard circuit. Even at Le Castellet, in fact, the Brackley team has brought numerous updates, including a revised bottom in the portion along the side edge next to the rear wheel. The attempts to strengthen the aerodynamic stability of the W13 and the revision of the cooling ducts of the braking system do not seem to have given the hoped-for results judging by the first free practice of Paul Ricard: in fact, Mercedes accused Ferrari of almost a second in PL1 and seven tenths in the afternoon. And the seven-time world champion came out of the car with a disconsolate air.
The developments, therefore, have not improved the W13 for now, as team principal Toto Wolff has also admitted. Hamilton went into detail about the car’s problems but still hopes for the podium: “Today we are in fourth and fifth place, for these positions we will fight in the race. I don’t want to say we can’t get on the podium, I think we can still do it. Only that we are not yet as fast as the formerwe are a little behind compared to the last race“, These are the words of the seven-time world champion to journalists. “I wanted some changes to the set-up between PL1 and PL2, it was a bit of a gamble, because I hadn’t driven the car yet. Nyck did a great job, he did great and I’m grateful for what he did this morning. Even with these changes the car was not spectacular, we simply lack the pace in every corner: we have work to do, we are a little bit further back than expected for this weekend. We will have to see the data, but it looks like we are missing downforce today. In general, I think that this generation of cars does not live up to the past in terms of gripbut it is also the first year of this generation and therefore I am sure that everything will improve over the years“.
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