Lewis Hamilton’s poor begin to the F1 season continues as he’s eradicated in Q1 for the first time in FIVE years in Saudi Arabia… and can begin down in 16th place in Sunday’s race
- Lewis Hamilton has made it previous Q1 in each race since the Brazilian GP in 2017
- However, he certified down in 16th in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night
- This is simply the newest setback for Mercedes after a troublesome begin to the season
Seven-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been eradicated in Q1 for the first time in 5 years at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Mercedes struggled in testing and through the first weekend of the season in Bahrain, however Hamilton nonetheless managed to complete on the podium behind Ferrari pair Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
He has left himself with an uphill process to duplicate that end this time round, although, as he has certified for Sunday’s race in 16th place, and the 37-year-old was clearly dissatisfied when talking to the press afterwards.
Lewis Hamilton had a nightmare qualifying session on Saturday in Saudi Arabia
‘I simply struggled with the steadiness of the automobile, it isn’t the place we need to be,’ he informed reporters.
The preparation for Saturday’s qualifying was overshadowed by an explosion at a close-by oil facility on Friday, however Hamilton didn’t imagine that affected him.
‘We’re skilled, we lock out no matter it wants. Just sadly we went the incorrect method with the arrange,’ he added.
This is the first time that Hamilton has didn’t make it previous the first qualifying session since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2017.
Despite dominating Formula 1 in current years, Mercedes have been eager to play down their probabilities of popping out on prime in 2022.
Hamilton has not carried out this badly in qualifying since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2017
After Hamilton’s third-place end in Bahrain, group principal Toto Wolff insisted that the Brit was nonetheless solely a ‘lengthy shot’ to win his eighth world championship later this year.
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell has additionally raised issues about the Mercedes automobile.
He has claimed that the group’s issues could possibly be a problem all through the season, and hinted that it might be troublesome to discover a fast repair.
Hamilton’s disastrous qualifying efficiency appears to recommend that Russell’s evaluation might show appropriate, with Mercedes presently far behind their important rivals.