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– We are far away – VG

Lots to discuss: Mercedes mechanic Peter Bonnington with Lewis Hamilton in Saudi Arabia.

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton (37) has had a disappointing start to the new Formula 1 season. The car does not appear to be operating optimally.

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– Now we are not fighting for the top positions. We are far from the players up front, and a lot of work lies ahead. It feels like a long way to go, says Hamilton after 10th in Saudi Arabia, according to Motorsport.com.

He was driving an unusual car Poor qualification Saturday With a car she struggled. Experts explain that the Mercedes engine is behind the competitors. During Sunday’s race, Hamilton moved up four places from 14th.

We need more grip and more strength. The end result was not good, but the race seemed to go well. I’ve felt really good on the hard tyres, says Hamilton, with 103 individual victories in Formula 1, more than anyone else. Michael Schumacher follows the closest with a score of 91.

In an interview shown on Viasport 1, the seven-time world champion said this:

– It is tough. The truth is that we are far from fast. I couldn’t keep up with Haas.

Viasport Atle commentator Gulbrandsen believes Hamilton appeared resigned in interviews after the race in Saudi Arabia. On the opening weekend in Bahrain, Hamilton finished third.

– I think Mercedes has an engine problem. Gulbrandsen said that if they have an engine problem, Hamilton knows it will be tough this year.

Challenge: Mercedes seems to have issues with the car. Here is Lewis Hamilton during Sunday’s race in Jeddah.

Hamilton’s Mercedes partner, George Russell, thinks it was a great experience with fifth in Saudi Arabia, but he also admits the car doesn’t run as well as it should.

We are doing mouse-overs right now, and we need to make bigger strides. “I’m sure we’ll get it, but I don’t know how long it will take,” Russell told the BBC.

Last season, Hamilton lost World Championship in a dramatic way for Max Verstappen.