Barcelona-misfiring Formula One champion Mercedes welcomed another big move on Saturday, but Lewis Hamilton said he was far from where he should have been after beating team-mate Jorge Russell to qualify for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The most successful driver of all time in the sport, a seven-time champion with 103 wins in his career, Russell is fourth and sixth.
It was the team’s best qualifying performance in six races this season but former Hamilton teammate Valteri Botas, seventh for Alfa Romeo, was 37 years older in the timesheet than British Russell.
The pair are 3-3 in qualifying after Saturday’s session but lost to Hamilton Russell, who joined Williams at the end of last season, four times in five races.
Russell is 23 points ahead of Hamilton.
“I am still off the road. My teammate is fourth. So that means the car should be at least third or fourth and I’m in sixth place, “Hamilton told reporters.
“I am still fighting with the car. I don’t know how to get around it, I don’t know what I’m going to do but I will keep trying and work hard and find it. “
Team boss Toto Wolf says Mercedes has taken a “tough step” in the battle to control a bouncing car and will now be able to unlock more performance, and Hamilton welcomes that.
“We don’t have bouncing on a straight line which is a huge, huge difference,” the driver said.
“But we still have three and nine bouncing so we still have some improvements but the car is much, much better.
“Now I’m just waiting for engineers and aerodynamics to come up with some more bits for our improvement.”
Russell said the car would be better to run than to qualify.
“I think we know which way to go,” he said. “And we can focus on speeding up the car instead of solving the problem.”
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