Lewis Hamilton will conduct another set-up experiment for Mercedes at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix as the team strives to solve the problems with its W13.
The team is using race weekends to test different configurations for its car, which has lagged off the pace since the start of the season. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff confirmed in Baku Hamilton had run experimental configuration on his car at the last three races, including changes to the floor at the previous round.
“I am trying a lot of the different, experimental things on the car to help us get data moving forward,” said Hamilton in response to a question from RaceFans.
“You’ll see today, for example, something relatively extreme. If it doesn’t work, it’s definitely a lot slower because it’s got less downforce.”
Hamilton admitted the decision to use race weekends to test changes to the car has compromised their performance at times.
“But that’s my role and I take the responsibility seriously,” he said. “And whilst, yes, it’s not been ideal on some weekend, often set us back because we lost a session or two, that’s okay, because eventually we’ll get there and I’m proud to have been a part of that process.”
He said he has a responsibility to help keep the team motivated in the midst of its least competitive start to a season since he joined them in 2013.
“I’m working as hard as I can, staying positive, coming off the back of a difficult year,” he said. “I’d like to think I’m the best team mate I have ever been, to George [Russell], but also to all the engineers, all the mechanics and everyone working in the factory and trying to keep everyone’s energy high.”
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