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F1 – Hamilton admits to being "lost" at the 2022 Japanese GP

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes arrived at the 2022 F1 Japanese Grand Prix with very high expectations, the Japanese track has a series of characteristics that could be perfectly adapted to the current W13, something that makes the German team dream of a return to the podium.

However, the weekend at Suzuka started with the presence of rain and that seems to have complicated everything, as both FP1 and FP2 were run on wet tyres, minimizing the lessons learned for the rest of the weekend. week, which finally seems to be dry.

At the end of the day on Friday, Lewis Hamilton finished second, behind his teammate George Russell, in what meant a double for Mercedes . However, the British pilot does not believe that this result reflects reality.

“It’s been a pretty boring day . I mean, we’ve done a little bit of race simulation, but it was… I don’t know, I think it’s going to be dry for the rest of the weekend, so it doesn’t do much good.”

“There are always things to learn, for example with settings, tire wear, temperatures and car balance. So there are definitely things to look at. We also have data on different downforce loads and wing levels.” .

“For example today we were able to get our tires working, that’s a positive thing, we didn’t seem to be slow. So that’s definitely a good thing.”

“No idea. We’re really lost . When we get back to the dry, I imagine the Ferraris and the Red Bulls will be pretty quick. I really have no idea. I hope we’ll be quick, but that’s a hope I have every week,” added the seven-timer. F1 world champion.

Hamilton also took the opportunity to praise the Suzuka track and the Japanese fans, who return to the Formula 1 calendar this weekend after two seasons out of the organization chart due to the impact of COVID-19.

“It’s always special. When you do the first lap, you think of all the legends and you get to the last chicane, you think of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost’s accident, you think you’re driving on a circuit that has a lot of history.

“At that moment you think of times gone by and how privileged you are to be in that position. And then it’s also great to see the fans here, plus the track is amazing to drive on. It’s still fun, but not as much as when it’s dry”, finished the Englishman.

George Russell, Mercedes W13

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