Lewis Hamilton says that Mercedes is not fighting for the title of F1 world champion after the Emilia Romagna GP Sprint match

Lewis Hamilton eliminated Mercedes from the fight for the title of world champion after ending with a disappointment in 14th place in the Imola Sprint; George Russell finished in 11th place in the second Silver Arrow; Watch GP Emilia Romagna live on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday from 12:30

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Lewis Hamilton says “we stick together and try to motivate everyone” after finishing 14th in the sprint at the Emilia Romagna GP

Lewis Hamilton says “we stick together and try to motivate everyone” after finishing 14th in the sprint at the Emilia Romagna GP

Lewis Hamilton eliminated Mercedes from the fight for the title of world champion in only four races in the 2022 Formula 1 season after the disappointed sprint of the Grand Prix Emilia Romagna.

After starting the 21-lap race from 13th place in Imola, the seven-time world champion lost two places in the dramatic opening round and managed to return only one to climb to 14th place while waving a checkerboard flag .

It was no better for his teammate George Russell, who failed to improve his 11th position, which means that the Mercedes pair must step back from the front and second rows, which Ferrari and Red Bull blocked. Max Verstappen overtook Charles Leclerc late in the sprint and secured a pole position for Sunday’s race.

Saturday’s performance was just a continuation of the unsatisfactory form shown by the eight-time reigning champions of the constructors at the beginning of the season, with their serious problems with “porposing” on the W13, which did not allow them to compete at the head of the grid.

“A lot of work is going on in the background and that’s what it is, this is what we have,” Hamilton said. “We have not succeeded this year, but everyone is working as hard as we can to make it right.

Max Verstappen managed to overtake Charles Leclerc and deserved a sprint victory

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Max Verstappen managed to overtake Charles Leclerc and deserved a sprint victory

Max Verstappen managed to overtake Charles Leclerc and deserved a sprint victory

“This is a situation we are facing and obviously not fighting for in the championship, but we are struggling to understand this car and improve and move forward over the course of a year. That is all we can hope for now.”

Hamilton, who said on Friday that this weekend was a “rescue job” for Mercedes, insists the team has the experience to overcome its problems.

He added: “The team has had many, many bad years, because most of the people I work with have been here for more than 20 years.

“It was not the best year of 2013, but we have had great years since then and we stick together and try to motivate everyone.”

Hamilton lost his frustration after missing the 3rd Q3 on Friday

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Hamilton lost his frustration after missing the 3rd Q3 on Friday

Hamilton lost his frustration after missing the 3rd Q3 on Friday

Russell: We don’t have a direct overtaking speed

Although Russell was not as discouraged as Hamilton, he did not avoid the disappointment of Imola’s weekend so far.

Mercedes took a sprint after heavy training two, in which Russell took the lead in the time sheet, but these laps proved irrelevant because the silver arrows lacked speed on the straight to use one DRS zone on the track, which is difficult to overtake. .

George Russell reflects a challenging sprint for Mercedes in Imola

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George Russell reflects a challenging sprint for Mercedes in Imola

George Russell reflects a challenging sprint for Mercedes in Imola

“It’s complicated in these sprint races, I don’t know what the rest of the race was, but from where we were, it was procedural,” Russell said.

“The race is not long enough to show any tire degradation and big differences between drivers and cars.

“We have something to do. The car is faster, but we just don’t have the speed on the straight line to really move forward. Here you have small knots on the straight and there is only one opportunity to overtake.” which stopped our progress. “

Despite a difficult start to the weekend, Russell has not gone as far as Hamilton to eliminate the Mercedes team from the conflict for the rest of the season and believes that when given the opportunity, he will still benefit.

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“Strategy will be key. Compared to our competitors, we will have to do something different that will give us the opportunity to fight and move up,” Russell added.

“We will understand a little more tonight and it will be difficult.

“It was definitely a difficult weekend for us, we probably overcame it in the first three races and this weekend we lagged a bit behind where we deserved to be.”

“We’ll try to get over it and make use of it when it’s possible.”

You can watch all Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Sunday events live from 12:30 on Sky Sports F1.

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