Misfiring System One champions Mercedes hailed one other large step ahead on Saturday however Lewis Hamilton mentioned he was approach off the place he must be after lagging teammate George Russell in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.
The game’s most profitable driver of all time, a seven-time champion with 103 profession wins, certified sixth with Russell fourth.
That was the group’s finest qualifying efficiency in six races this season however Hamilton’s former teammate Valtteri Bottas, seventh for Alfa Romeo, was nearer to the 37-year-old on the timesheets than the Briton was to Russell.
The pair are 3-3 in qualifying after Saturday’s session however Hamilton has been overwhelmed by Russell, who joined from Williams on the finish of final season, 4 occasions in 5 races.
Russell is 23 factors away from Hamilton.
”I’m nonetheless approach off. My teammate’s fourth. So meaning the automotive must be at the least third or fourth and I’m in sixth,” Hamilton instructed reporters.
”I’m nonetheless battling the automotive. I don’t know find out how to get round that, I don’t know what I’m going to do however I’ll simply proceed to try to work arduous and determine it out.”
Crew boss Toto Wolff mentioned Mercedes had taken a ”strong step”, within the battle to tame a bouncing automotive and would now have the ability to unlock extra efficiency, and Hamilton welcomed that.
”We don’t have the bouncing in a straight line which is a big, big distinction,” mentioned the driving force.
”However we nonetheless have the bouncing in flip three and 9 so we’ve nonetheless bought some enhancements to make however the automotive’s quite a bit, lot higher.
”Now I’m simply ready for the engineers and the aerodynamicists to come back by means of with some extra bits for us to progress.”
Russell mentioned the automotive can be higher within the race than qualifying.
”I feel we all know the route we have to go,” he mentioned. ”And we will deal with making the automotive faster relatively than problem-solving.”