Hamilton: ‘Max doesn’t know what I’m talking about’ – Will they compete again?

F1 is currently embroiled in a row over the bounce experienced with the newly designed 2022 cars and a controversial intervention by the governing body the FIA ​​to try and combat the problem.

Mercedes is the hardest hit team, while Ferrari has also suffered from bounce. Red Bull’s RB18 car doesn’t seem prone to the phenomenon of high-speed porpoises compared to their rivals.

After qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff accused rivals of “pathetic” and “dishonest” behavior in the matter after heated discussions with Red Bull and Ferrari team boss Christian Horner and Mattia Binotto.

Meanwhile, Verstappen said the Mercedes drivers should “speak for themselves” in the ongoing debate amid concerns over possible long-term health effects.

Hamilton appeared alongside Verstappen at Friday’s press conferences and said it was “always interesting to see people’s perspectives and opinions in different lights”.

“Obviously it’s one thing for you, and the other in the background, sometimes people say different things,” Hamilton added after Verstappen made it clear he was against the FIA’s technical guideline for the middle of the season. season.

Hamilton again referenced the saga after returning to the podium with a third-place finish behind Verstappen and Ferraris’ Carlos Sainz in the Grand Prix on Sunday.

Asked about Mercedes’ chances for the upcoming British Grand Prix on silverstoneHamilton said: “I think we are better in the medium and high speed corners than in the low speed corners but we have bouncing so I don’t know what it will be like through Copse and all those places.

“Max doesn’t know what I’m talking about, but I know Carlos knows what I’m saying, so it’s going to be interesting for us there. Really looking forward to going back to the UK, the weather is unbelievable at the moment so hope it’s the same. †

‘Night and day difference’ after failed experiments

Hamilton labeled his Mercedes “undriveable” after a difficult Friday in which he finished only 13th in the second practice. The seven-time world champion described the set-up as a “disaster” and felt his car was getting worse.

Changes made overnight to qualifying proved to be a huge step forward for Hamilton, who beat the qualified team-mate George Russell before handing in a strong ride to the podium.

“The balance I had on Friday was neutral and super positive, so no rear-end collision,” Hamilton explained. “As soon as you turn one degree, the back comes round.

“So I was constantly battling that and it was really hard to keep it out of the wall. That’s why I didn’t finish my long run because it was just unmanageable in the configuration window we were trying. It was just an experiment to see if the car would work there and it didn’t.

“So then we made the changes and today was a lot better balance. I had a nice amount of understeer today, better traction, without those snaps. It was a night and day difference.

“We still bounce, so that’s not going away. It was much better than Bakuthis weekend, with the suspension we have chosen.”

After nearly closing in on Verstappen and Sainz for the lead at the end of the Canadian Grand Prix after a late Safety Car, Hamilton believes Mercedes could have many positives going forward.

“We tried two different roads and the road I took was terrible,” added Hamilton. “We took all the data we had collected and we made drastic changes to the set-up and it was much, much, much nicer – more in line with what it expected.

“It was good, when you have a full race distance you learn a lot of things about the car and the relationship you have with the car and data, so there’s a lot to gain from today.

“What’s really great is that we have really good reliability, which I think is a real tribute to all the great work the whole team is doing in both factories.

“So we just have to keep our heads down, keep working and hopefully…I know where I’m losing to these guys [Red Bull and Ferrari]So that’s where I’m going to try and focus on attacking to try and improve.”

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