Friday, May 20, 2022

2022 Miami Grand Prix – Saturday

P6 and P12 for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team in qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix

  • Lewis will start tomorrow’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix in P6 with George in P12.
  • The team struggled to build on the strong pace shown in Friday’s practice sessions with both drivers suffering from a lack of rear grip and experiencing a return of the porpoising.
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Driver

FP3

Q1

Q2

Q3

Lewis Hamilton

P15

9 Laps

P5

6 Laps

P7

6 Laps

P6

1:30.388

Soft,

Soft

1:29.797

Soft,

Soft

1:29.625

Soft,

Soft

George Russell

P17

8 Laps

P9

7 Laps

P12

1:30.490

Soft

1:30.173

Soft,

Soft

 

Lewis Hamilton

Today was a much, much better qualifying session than I’ve had the last three races so I am grateful for that – I’ll take it. We just keep on chipping away and keep working on it. So much amazing work has gone on in the background and everyone is working so hard. Unfortunately, I don’t think we are moving forwards at the rate that we would like to, the gap is similar to the beginning of the year. We have just got to keep our heads down, keep focused, keep working, keep tunnelling and eventually we’ll get there. It’s difficult to say how we’ll be on race pace, the car has generally not felt strong this weekend for me but today, once I was able to get the tyres into a better place, it was a little more promising.

George Russell

The car was bouncing a lot more today and I just couldn’t attack any of the corners as a result. It’s a shame because we showed good potential yesterday but it massively went away from us today. We thought we went pretty conservative with set-up in qualifying to avoid the porpoising we experienced in FP3 but it seemed just as bad. The bouncing was going through all the corners, particularly turns 4 and 5, and you just couldn’t attack into the braking zone. When you get the car in the window, it’s fast and yesterday we looked to be fighting for pole but today is our worst qualifying of the year so it’s difficult to make sense of. 

Toto Wolff

Qualifying certainly wasn’t satisfying today, P6 and P12 isn’t where we should be and not where we thought we would be after a solid Friday yesterday. Although we are seeing glimpses of performance in some sessions, we are still not able to put it all together. We gained good reference points from Friday, we just need to continue to understand and develop but it’s clear that we have a painful trajectory to follow at the moment.

Andrew Shovlin

We’ve had a couple of tough sessions today given what seemed like legitimate cause for optimism yesterday. For some reason we’ve lacked rear grip all day and it’s made for a very unpredictable car for the drivers. We’d made some changes going into qualifying in an attempt to improve both balance and bouncing but it was still an issue and as soon as the rear started sliding, we’d experience overheating. We now need to make the most of our start positions of sixth and twelfth. We’ve got very little long-run data from yesterday due to the red flags but that’s the same for all teams. If it’s as hot as it was today, then degradation and overheating will be significant. That can create opportunities in the strategy but ultimately the big factors will be race pace and whether it’s possible to overtake.

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