Conditions at the circuit have been gusty, but Hamilton also suspects changes to his car’s rear floor and diffuser due to new rules introduced this year have had an effect.
“The wind has done a 180,” Hamilton explained. “The track is a lot different today in places, some places you can push where you couldn’t push yesterday and it’s very gusty as I found out into turn 13.
“So the rear doesn’t feel too great with this new regulation change. But we’re trying to find the sweet spot.”
Hamilton covered 58 laps this morning and ended the day 15th overall in the time sheets. He said that “compared to the past [the test has] not been particularly useful.”
“I’ve done 60 laps, something like that, so it’s not a lot compared to other test days we would normally have.
“But we’re trying to be as efficient as we can be. We have less mileage than some of the others like the Red Bulls so far. But we’re just trying to stick to our programme and manage the amount of laps we have also and try to be as efficient as we can.”
Asked whether Mercedes were close to being worried about their testing form, Hamilton said: “It’s day two of testing so we’re just focusing on doing our job. So nowhere near at the moment, we’re just focusing on trying to understand our car. There’s no point in getting worried just yet.”
Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas went on to set the quickest lap time on the second day of testing.
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