ZANDVOORT, Netherlands – Lewis Hamilton felt he might have arrange a tantalising begin alongside 2021 title rival Max Verstappen on the Dutch Grand Prix as Mercedes bounced again to kind.
Final week Mercedes languished off the tempo on the Belgian Grand Prix however has been within the combine with Purple Bull and Ferrari throughout apply and qualifying.
Hamilton will begin Sunday’s race from fourth however he felt a spot on the entrance of the grid was on the playing cards had been it not for the timing of a yellow flag on the finish of qualifying when Sergio Perez spun on the remaining nook, forcing the drivers behind him to gradual throughout their flying lap.
The seven-time world champion was amazed at how totally different his automobile felt to final week.
“It’s like a mood swing,” Hamilton stated of his automobile on Saturday. “Like the characteristics of a human being, you don’t know what side of the bed you’re going to get out of!”
He added: “Much happier coming into this weekend, to have a car that’s potentially fighting but I just don’t understand. One weekend it can be so far off and the next weekend all of a sudden we’re right there, so it’s confusing for sure.
“However plenty of positives to take from in the present day. And I feel if we hadn’t had the yellow flag would have been hopefully, doubtlessly preventing for the entrance rows. In order that’s actually optimistic. And I hope that, the deficit that we usually have, although we shut the deficit in a single lap, if that may then mirror to our race tempo, that’d be superior.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said the team had felt a much stronger result was on the cards before the incident.
“On our on automobile information, and we now have checked out it lots, we had been truly 0.1s up earlier than the incident. Now, we do not understand how we’d have come out of it however we had been undoubtedly aiming for pole place, and that is an excellent feeling – we wish extra. I feel we might have been there or thereabouts.”
Hamilton’s teammate George Russell agreed that Mercedes has the pace to fight for a podium.
“Max and Purple Bull are too fast for us, our battle is with Ferrari in the mean time.
“I see no reason why we can’t battle for a podium, we just need a clean stat, not lose any positions to the midfield drivers and go from there.”
Hamilton stated he is had an excellent reception so removed from the largely Verstappen-supporting crowd.
“When I got out of the car there I waved to the crowd and everyone waved. So far been good. It’s a great crowd here and it’s a beautiful place to be here, the weather’s great.”