Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton Wary of Mercedes’ Rear Instability Ahead of Qualifying

Published 03/27/2021, 3:47 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton arrives at the circuit ahead of practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Ever since Formula 1 flagged off their 2021 season in Bahrain, cars have been victim to quite a lot of spins especially around turn 1, turn 4, turn 6, and other sections of the track that demand heavy downforce. Mercedes’ star driver, Lewis Hamilton, too, is aware of the cars’ stability, which is all over the place.

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The seven-time world champion reckoned that the recent changes to the downforce and the tires kindled the struggles that are giving every single F1 team a massive headache. Furthermore, the windy conditions in Bahrain are taking the struggles further up a notch.

What did Lewis Hamilton say?

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As reported by RaceFans, Lewis opened up that Mercedes made decent progress in terms of stability of the car after the slow start to the year at the pre-season testing.

However, he also clarified that there is still a long way to go, and the predicted sandstorms might just disrupt their plans over the weekend, potentially giving way to rivals, Red Bull.

Stability. It’s all about having a stable car, and knowing how to make the tyres last. That’s going to be key in this climate and the wind that we have here,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

It has been a while since a team other than Mercedes had an upper hand going into the season opener. But this time around, the scenario looks to be quite different than usual.

Red Bull are looking feisty with a powerful engine at the back and two incredible pilots at the front. This year could juggle things up a bit, and who knows? Max Verstappen or Sergio Perez could finally end Lewis’ reign.

Everyone will be in the same boat: Lewis

The Briton felt that the struggles aren’t subjected to just Mercedes, but to most of the F1 teams, and possibly including Red Bull.

The rear is unstable as it is, but everyone I’m sure will be in the same boat, some more and some less. It’s when you approach a corner and the rear moves,Lewis said.

And you’re trying to find that tipping point. But the tipping point used to be further away with more downforce on the car, now it falls away much quicker than usual.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

These tyres, the performance we’ve lost on tyres this year doesn’t help. But we’ll work away on that and try to find a way,” he continued.

Lewis ended the Friday sessions in P4 and P3, respectively. But through both the sessions, Max portrayed some incredible dominance, which might have just left Lewis and his team with a bit of concern.

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So, with the crucial qualifying session just hours away, how big of a leap is Lewis going to make? Will he manage to get his nose ahead of the Raging Bulls? Well, only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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