Long run aborted in practice highlights concerns for Baku F1 race

Long run aborted in practice highlights concerns for Baku F1 race

Hamilton and mercedes teammate george russell experienced excessive porpoising and dips on the Baku street track, with the latter complaining in particular that it affected his visibility for the cockpit at the end of the straight.

Hamilton admitted he was unable to complete a long race scheduled for Friday, meaning the team didn’t get all the data they wanted.

He also noted that after overnight changes to the car on Saturday, the porpoising had moved from the end of the main straight to the fast corners at the start of it.

“Honestly, we had so many dips at the end of the straight yesterday that I couldn’t finish my long run, my back was a mess,” said Hamilton, after qualifying seventh, two Russell squares.

“Thank God for Angela [Cullen]. I have Angela to do physical therapy every night, and acupuncture. I woke up in a lot of pain this morning.

“And now we don’t have it as bad at the end of the straight, but it’s in those corners. You just try to keep it off the wall. So with heavy fuel, hopefully it will be less tomorrow, but we are very slow in a straight line.

“So I’m sure part of that is the bottom because it slows you down every time you hit the ground. But the others also have like a Monza wing I think here, so we have a lot of work to do. TO DO.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG

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Hamilton said simply staying on the track was an even bigger concern than visibility.

“Visibility has been the same for us all year,” he noted. “So really tough. For me it was just about keeping the thing off the wall in the fast, high-speed corners, but we don’t seem to be doing anything, like we’ve changed so many different things, we don’t we just can’t do it. [fix it].

“It’s crazy, because in Barcelona we didn’t have any, and then everywhere else we had them. So it’s a phenomenon that we can’t understand.”

Hamilton accepted pressure from some drivers for the FIA ​​to look at ways to reduce porpoising, which was discussed at Friday night’s briefing.

“I think it may be a safety issue, like I said, like today there’s a bottom in the corners where you’re doing 180 miles an hour, a big, big bottom, and there there really isn’t much we can do to stop it.

“And we can’t have that for four years with this car. So I think they have to work on that, which I think all the drivers have talked about.”

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Hamilton insisted his team are still working hard on the matter.

“I miss Barcelona already, just drive down the straight and there’s no problem,” he said. “When I go and talk to some of the other drivers like Valtteri [Bottas], do you have any rebounds? No. Wow. Can you imagine how nice it will be? We’ll get there eventually.

“I mean, it’s like that, we accept the reality presented to us. There’s nothing I can do. And literally I was there at 1:30 last night, all the mechanics and all the engineers were obviously left [due to the curfew]. I’m here to study, I do everything I can, I work with the factory guys.

“I was at the factory two days on the simulation, I’m giving everything I can, I can’t do much more. Today I lost more than a tenth just on the line straight just because of the dip compared to George. So yeah, that’s what it is. We keep working.

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