Hamilton flummoxed by Mercedes pace | ‘Not easy’ being leapfrogged by Williams
The seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, qualified only eighth for Sunday’s grand prix at Monza, two tenths behind his teammate George Russell, who secured fourth place on the second row. Hamilton expressed his confusion regarding the drop in pace of his Mercedes W14 since the first practice on Friday. He described his qualifying performance as not the greatest, stating that the car felt its best in the initial practice run but lost its performance since then. When asked why he felt this happened, Hamilton admitted he didn’t know. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, Williams’ Alex Albon, and McLaren’s Oscar Piastri managed to split the two Mercedes cars. Hamilton acknowledged the challenge of overtaking those cars due to their superior straight-line speed, particularly highlighting the impressive performance of the Williams. He commended his teammate, George Russell, for a great job and stated that he will have to find a way to make progress despite the difficulties in overtaking the faster cars.