Lewis Hamilton admits he still has some work to do after Friday practice in Qatar. The Briton doesn’t understand why he couldn’t get close to team-mate Valtteri Bottas: “I’m a little slow.”
“I don’t even know how big the gap is,” Hamilton told Sky Sports after the first two free practice sessions in Qatar. The Briton sets the fourth time twice, teammate Valtteri Bottas starts his weekend better with the third and fastest time. “I’m definitely not around,” admits Hamilton. In the second free practice he had to concede no less than four tenths to Bottas.
“The driving itself went well,” Hamilton continues. “It’s all fast corners so it’s definitely physical, but the track is pretty nice.” In the first free practice Hamilton reported problems with the engine. He felt that he lacked power. “It wasn’t really a problem,” said Hamilton. “There was some damage because I ran over the curbs, but hopefully it’s not too serious. I’m a little slow, I need to figure out what makes it so.”
Andres Shovlin, trackside engineering directorater from Mercedes may already have the answer for Hamilton. Bottas drove with a different set-up than his teammate. “If his car works well, then I am convinced that we can fine-tune the car for Lewis. That is encouraging for us,” said Shovlin.