Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes have found it difficult to increase the performance of their power unit during the winter and need to improve its reliability.
“It was a difficult winter last year and I think it’s been a difficult winter this year,” said Hamilton. “There was a period of time where this the V6 turbo era we were just gaining, gaining, gaining, gaining, gaining. And eventually just with everything, you get to a point of diminishing returns. How much more can you squeeze out of a V6 turbo? How much further can you [go]? We’ve kind of been that that peak top speed area now where there’s only a kilometre more that you’re going to gain, for a lot of investment.
“But I fully believe and trust in the guys to be methodical with the way they move forwards. The engine is actually very good, and an improvement from last year, it’s just not quite where we want it to be reliability-wise. But I’m sure they’re back at the factory now, working as hard as they can to rectify those issues.”
Hamilton admitted his stoppage yesterday caused some disruption to the team’s test programme, but they recovered some of it today.
“I would have hoped we’d have a full day yesterday,” he said. “If I could have gotten 90, 100 laps yesterday would have been useful, there was a couple of things we missed in the test program because of the incident. But we recovered most of it today.”
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