Hamilton lashes out at Mercedes after experimental floor epically fails

Sir Lewis Hamilton endured another tricky day in Canada on Friday.

Sir Lewis Hamilton was not a satisfied customer after an experimental floor did little to improve the bouncing on his Mercedes during practice ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

The FIA have introduced a new metric this weekend to prevent the cars from bouncing too much, meaning that some will be forced to run higher ride heights, with Mercedes likely being one of them.

One of the ways to prevent excessive oscillation is to try and adapt the floor, and this is what the Silver Arrows did with Hamilton and team-mate George Russell on Friday.

The two Britons were given different setups to try out, and the 24-year-old ended FP1 and FP2 sixth and seventh respectively.

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Hamilton endured more mixed fortunes, ending the first session in eighth before slumping to 14th in FP2, managing 52 laps in the process.

The seven-time champion sat out the final few minutes of the second session as his W13 failed to give him any performance.

“Yeah, this car is now undriveable mate,” he said over the radio.

The 37-year-old suggested that the handling of the car is even worse now that it has been before in 2022, and his attention is already beginning to switch to next year.

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“This car is so bad,” said Hamilton after FP2.

“[It was] pretty much like every Friday for us, trying lots of different things [such as] the experimental floor on my side which didn’t work.

“Nothing we do to this car generally seems to work so… we’re trying different set ups, me and George went with much different setups in FP2 just to see if one way works and one way doesn’t.

“I’ll wait to hear how it went for him but for me it was a disaster. It was… it’s like the car’s getting worse, it’s getting more and more unhappy the more we do to it.

“So, I don’t know, we’ll keep working on it, and it is what it is; I think this is the car for the year.

“We’ll just have to tough it out and work hard on building a better car for next year.” 

Mercedes will have had a lot of work to overnight in Montreal to improve the performance and the comfort of their car for qualifying and the race.