Lewis Hamilton has explained what he was referring to when he radioed ‘difficult position’ – the Briton finished fourth behind team-mate George Russell at the Australian GP
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As the race wore on, the seven-time champion realized he would not be able to get close enough to his Silver Arrow pal to attempt to overtake him and claim a podium spot. This prompted Hamilton to tell his team that “you guys have put me in a really difficult position”.
It was unclear what Hamilton was referring to, but he explained exactly what he meant to Sky Sports F1 after the race. “I saw a little bit of the battle at the end when I was racing against Perez and I wish I could have been there,” Hamilton said.
“I couldn’t fight for third place because the engine was overheating. So I had to retire, so I just had to sit at the back.” Despite not being able to secure his second podium of the season, Hamilton was pleased with the team’s improved performance after a disappointing tenth place finish in Saudi Arabia.
The 37-year-old started the race at Albert Park fifth with Russell in P6 and both benefited from both Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz retiring from the race. “Honestly, this is a great result for us as a team,” enthused Hamilton.
“This weekend we had so many difficult moments with the car, to get fifth and sixth in qualifying, to move that way and have the reliability, and we definitely didn’t expect a third or fourth. And George did a great job today. We scored as many points as possible as a team and that’s great.”
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Mercedes still has many improvements to make to be competitive again at the front of the grid and Hamilton revealed he had been holding Zoom calls with the team to make further progress ahead of the next race at Imola. “There’s a lot of work and of course a lot of calls,” Hamilton said of his plans ahead of the next Grand Prix.
“I’m on a lot of Zoom calls with all the sponsors and our bosses and I’m really trying to bring them together. We have some improvements that we need to make. And we need everyone’s support in doing this, just to make sure we leave no stone unturned. It makes sure the hunger is really there and we’re maximizing absolutely every moment.”
Hamilton is aware of how much porpoises affect the pace of the Mercedes, which is why he thinks there’s a lot more speed to be unleashed from the car if the problem can be solved. “I’m chasing the guys in the wind tunnel, the aero guys, and just looking at every single area,” he said. “There is a need for performance in areas that we know. And we need it now. Not in two or three races. We all know as a team that we have to keep that encouragement and that energy up.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/lewis-hamilton-difficult-position-message-26686643 Lewis Hamilton clarifies the blunt "difficult position" radio message addressed to Mercedes