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Lewis Hamilton lamented the lack of pace in his Mercedes W13 after ending fifth in qualifying for the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, his race will be tough as he drops to the back of the grid due to PU-related penalties.

A five-time winner at Monza, tied with Michael Schumacher, Hamilton’s best effort was 1.363s shy of Charles Leclerc’s pole-winning time; they played down their chances at Monza before today and were on the money.

On Friday, Hamilton admitted that the World Champions did not know how to make their car go faster, what they tried setup-wise made the (unlucky!) W13 slower.

After ending fifth on the timing screens, Hamilton reflected: “It was an ok session, it wasn’t my best session. I think today we were naturally off the pace and fifth was the best I could do.

“I am losing two-tenths in the last sector so ultimately as a competitor I need to figure out those last few corners but nonetheless, generally happy with it. I didn’t mess up too much, I think I had one mistake and that was in Q2 so I rectified that.

“It is going to be tough because the DRS doesn’t make a huge difference, it is quite small and there could be a lot of people in a DRS train so it could be quite a frustrating day. Nonetheless, I will try to be positive going into it,” added Hamilton.

Last year Hamilton did not finish the race due to the infamous collision with Verstappen

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The crash ended their race on the spot and the images remain an enduring reminder of their bitter F1 title duel last year. This year the only time Lewis is likely to see Max is when the Red Bull is rushing past.

George Russell in the other Mercedes was also in trouble, a tad slower than Hamilton but the younger driver will move up the grid as some of the frontrunners face penalties and will start from third.

He said in the team report: “Q1 started off well, just a few tenths behind Ferrari, and I hoped that was where we were going to be – then the session just ran away from us to be honest, and I ended up 1.4 seconds away.

“We took a risk on the final run to save a set of new Soft tyres for tomorrow, and I’m pleased that neither Lando nor Fernando https://aeptel.com/slot-terbaru-gampang-menang/ jumped us, as that was ultimately the fight for P2 on the grid tomorrow.

“Looking to the race, we need to focus on ourselves – it will be hard to keep Max behind, Charles is starting in front, then we have Sergio, Carlos and Lewis coming from the back.

“We need to run our own race, focus on staying in the podium positions and put up a good fight,” concluded Russell

Shovlin: It’s difficult to know what to expect; so many cars are out of position

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Mercedes trackside boss Andrew Shovlin summed up Slot Saturday from the team’s perspective: “Considering all the penalties across the grid we’ve ended up in the best position we realistically could with George on the front row.

“We took a bit of a risk by saving a set of his new tyres on the final run in qualifying, we didn’t realise it would be quite that tight when we made the call but luckily his first run was good enough for P6 which means he inherits P2 for tomorrow and we still have a new set of softs available.

“The car has been a bit of a handful this weekend, more reminiscent of Spa than of Zandvoort, but our long runs this morning were stronger than in FP2 and we have a bit better handle on where to position the balance for the race.

“It’s difficult to know what to expect; so many cars are out of position, and this is a race that rarely passes without incidents Slot Gacor.

Hopefully, with George, we’ve got the pace to stay up front and with Lewis it is a recovery race which will depend on how easily we can overtake the slower cars and how well we can manage the tyres compared to our competitors,” ventured Shovlin.

Ahead of Sunday’s Round 16 in Italy, Russell is fourth in the F1 drivers’ standings, with Hamilton sixth while Mercedes, the reigning F1 constructors’ World Champions, are third behind Ferrari and Red Bull.