F1: Mercedes ‘getting worse,’ admits struggling Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton, a British Mercedes driver, got into his car on June 17, 2022, during practice before the Canadian F1 Grand Prix at Circuit Giles Villaneuve, Montreal, Quebec.

Lewis Hamilton, the British driver of a Mercedes, got into his car on June 17, 2022, during practice before the Canadian F1 Grand Prix at Circuit Giles Villaniu, Quebec, Montreal. (Photo by Jim Watson / AFP)

Lewis Hamilton has declared his Mercedes car is “getting worse” and dismissed any hopes that it would improve before next year after fighting in Friday’s practice for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

The seven-time world champion, who claimed his first Formula One victory at Circuit Giles Villainue in 2007 and has won the track seven times, finished 13th in second practice.

He admits that the Mercedes he has been fighting for this season is “here for years” and is unlikely to change or improve enough to bring about a change in form or results.

Overwhelmed by performance issues, especially with “porposing” and bouncing, the team chose to try some radical set-up ideas to solve their problems.

“The more we do it, the worse the car gets,” Hamilton said.

“It’s almost like every Friday for us – trying a lot with an experimental floor next to me, which didn’t work.

“It simply came to our notice then. We were going in different directions but nothing worked. For me it was a disaster.

“We’re continuing to work on it, but that’s it and I think it’s a car for years so we have to work hard at it and work hard to build a good car for next year.”

Hamilton said he and teammate George Russell, who was the seventh fastest on Friday, went in the opposite direction with a radical set-up proposal to improve performance, especially “porposing” which has left both of them in severe back pain this season.

The team’s chief technical officer, James Allison, was at Circuit Giles Villaniu on Friday to help Mercedes find a solution to their problem.

Hamilton laughed as he described his driving experience when it bounced, jumped and went around the track.

At the last minute, including laying a new floor, he told the team “this car is now unmanageable”.

Hamilton added that he was relieved to be able to complete the day without more serious physical worries after suffering a severe back problem in Baku last Sunday.

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