Fearing he’ll get caught in a “DRS practice” at Monza, Lewis Hamilton joked about taking his iPad with him to compensate for the brand new Sport of Thrones sequence.
After a aggressive displaying at Zandvoort, nice curiosity surrounded Mercedes heading into the Italian Grand Prix to see the place the Silver Arrows would land within the pecking order.
Over one lap they had been no match for Ferrari or Crimson Bull, however constantly this season race tempo has been a power for Mercedes.
Nonetheless, it may be exhausting to make use of that race tempo when caught within the midfield pack, the place many automobiles all take pleasure in DRS. Dropping to the again of the grid attributable to an engine penalty, Hamilton fears that is what might occur to him.
So he humorously stated he plans to take his iPad with him within the automobile so he can compensate for the brand new Sport of Thrones spin-off sequence ‘Home of the Dragon’ whereas he drives down the straights.
“I used to be pondering of simply taking my iPad with me within the race and after I’m within the DRS line simply watch…there’s a brand new Sport of Thrones out,” he joked to reporters.
“I’ve stopped watching it as a result of I prefer to binge-watch. There are many adverts within the center and then you definitely’re on the finish and are like ‘I need to watch the following factor’.”
Hamilton’s worries are primarily based on what he skilled throughout FP3, saying he had discovered himself behind his former Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas within the Alfa Romeo however couldn’t get shut sufficient to him to cross.
“I used to be behind Valtteri in apply and couldn’t catch him nor cross him,” Hamilton revealed.
“I hope I don’t get caught tomorrow, however I’m imagining tomorrow everybody shall be caught in a DRS practice and it’ll simply be sitting there and ready for the technique, tyre degradation and people types of issues to return into play.”
Whereas Hamilton misplaced out attributable to engine penalties, his team-mate George Russell gained. Regardless of ending Q3 in P6, one place behind Hamilton, he’ll be a part of pole-sitter Charles Leclerc on the entrance row.
That units up Russell properly for a podium place, though he didn’t really feel Mercedes have any proper to be beginning so excessive up the order.
“We don’t need to be beginning P2 after right now’s efficiency,” Russell claimed. “It was once more a irritating session as a result of we will’t appear to get the automobile in that candy spot.
“FP1 the automobile felt nice, in FP2, FP3 considerably worse. In Q1, the automobile felt nice, [we were] a number of tenths off Ferrari. Q2 was worse, Q3 was worse.
“However finally that’s been a theme this season. Lining up P2 we’ll have a sooner race automobile, in all probability not quick sufficient to battle with Max [Verstappen], doubtlessly [we can fight] Charles.”
Mercedes’ season has actually been a narrative of up and down efficiency, particularly over one lap, and Russell stated he’s upset that regardless of now being at spherical 16, Mercedes appear to have made minimal progress in understanding why that is the case.
“I’d like to inform you,” Russell replied when requested if the issues could possibly be traced to set-up tweaks being made by Mercedes.
“We’ve acquired the perfect engineers within the enterprise working day and evening to know why our efficiency is fluctuating a lot 15 races in and we nonetheless don’t have a grasp as to why that’s. In order that’s a bit disappointing.
“We’re in no man’s land on a Saturday when it comes to efficiency as a result of we’re to this point behind the entrance two and a bit bit forward of the midfield. At the least we’ve a quick race automobile.”
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Verstappen is ready to start out the Italian Grand Prix a few locations behind Russell, being the motive force whom Russell had predicted to return storming by the pack in Belgium, which he duly did, beginning P14 and occurring to win the race with a margin of virtually 18 seconds.
Russell then was requested by Sky Sports activities F1 for his newest prediction for a Verstappen restoration drive, taking into account Leclerc claimed pole on benefit at Monza, 0.145s forward of Verstappen.
“We’re not actually too targeted on him as a result of it doesn’t matter what he does, and what they [Red Bull] do, they’ll end forward of us finally,” stated Russell.
“He’ll in all probability be within the lead after 15 laps possibly. I don’t suppose it’s fairly as straightforward to overhaul right here because it was at Spa, however with the tempo they’ve acquired they’ll be slicing by.”