Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have a mountain to climb. Image: @fiagirly/X

‘There’s something not right with this car’ – Hamilton after Q2 exit

Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton was left fuming and frustrated after failing to make Q3 for the second weekend in a row.


Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have a mountain to climb. Image: @fiagirly/X

Lewis Hamilton had a disastrous qualifying session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix having only managed 11th place.

The 38-year-old driver struggled all weekend and was eventually eliminated in Q2.

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Upon learning of his exit from the session, Hamilton was heard to report over team radio that “there’s something not right with this car”.

This was the second weekend in a row that the British driver was eliminated from Q2.

Lewis Hamilton continue to struggle

“It’s just very loose. This car’s unpredictable at every corner – in one corner it’s one way, in another corner it’s another. It’s not a consistent car.

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“Poor balance, and no set-up change I can make seems to get it right. It’s a struggle just to get out of Q1,” said the Mercedes driver,

At the Las Vegas GP, Hamilton also qualified 11th.

“Yeah, I mean these last two races have been a disaster for me, particularly in qualifying – I’ve had two 11th places. It’s very rare but, yeah, it’s the last race,” said Hamilton.

His teammate George Russell looked strong all weekend and managed to place his car on the second row.

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“I feel good in the car. The last couple of races I’ve felt really strong, really comfortable and just in a nice groove, to be honest,” said Russell.

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