Lewis Hamilton braces for more misery in Melbourne after his Mercedes team ruled out major upgrades for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
Amilton is already 29 points adrift of the championship race after finishing 10th in Round 2 in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago.
Mercedes has dominated the sport since 2014 – leading Hamilton to six titles and an unprecedented eight straight Constructors’ Championships – but Hamilton and new team-mate George Russell have all but written off their ambitions unless Mercedes can do their underperforming car improve radically.
The Mercedes season was derailed by ‘porpoises’ – the phenomenon seen this year when the car crashed violently on its suspension at high speed.
It’s been a difficult start to the new season for the crème de la crème of Britain, with Lando Norris also struggling at McLaren.
Norris (22) was seventh in Saudi Arabia, just under a minute behind winner Max Verstappen. In February, Norris signed a new four-year deal with McLaren which is expected to net him around £20million a year.
“I see a lot of stories that say I made the wrong decision, but that’s not the case,” Norris said. “I’m happy. I have all the confidence in the world that we can still achieve good things in the years to come and if I had to make that decision again, I would still do what I did.
“There were chances to go to other teams. But is it best to be somewhere else for a year or two and then it might get worse?”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/motor-sport/lewis-hamilton-stuck-in-slow-lane-ahead-of-australian-grand-prix-41532043.html Lewis Hamilton was stuck in the slow lane ahead of the Australian Grand Prix