Lewis Hamilton had a frustrating afternoon in Melbourne as a fourth place finish left him 43 points behind leader and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. The seven-time F1 champion swore to rally his Mercedes team to salvage his poorly begun season.
“I will be on zoom calls with our bosses and really trying to rally them up,” he told the press.
“We have got some improvements that we need to make and we need everyone’s support in doing so. It’s about making sure we leave no stone unturned that the hunger is there. And we are maximizing every moment.
“I will be chasing the people in the wind tunnel, the aerodynamic guys, and just looking at every single area.”
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, on the other hand, is feeling deflated about his championship battle:
“We’re already miles behind. So I don’t even want to think about the championship fight at the moment,” he said.
“I think it’s more important to finish races.
“Today was in general a bad day again, not really having the pace and just managing my tired to try and just bring it to an end because it looked a quite easy P2.
“Anyway, I knew I could not fight Charles, so there was no point to try and put pressure on him, but yeah, we didn’t even finish the race.
“It’s pretty frustrating and unacceptable.”
Both Mercedes and Red Bull have returned to their factories to continue work and I’m sure the latter will be ripping the car apart Fast and Furious style to track down the reliability issues they’re having with it. Hopefully, Imola will give us a better look at the potential behind both Mercedes and Red Bull, and that they can give Ferrari something to think about.