Lewis Hamilton reflects on ‘nightmare’ at Mexico City GP

Lewis Hamilton will start sixth at the 2023 Mexico City GP

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was relatively downbeat about his weekend so far at the 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix, as he underperformed in Qualifying.

Hamilton will start sixth in Sunday’s race, and admitted that he has felt as though he’s never really got to grips with the Mercedes car over the course of this weekend.

“I’ve been struggling all weekend with the car and it has been a bit of a nightmare to drive,” Hamilton said to the press.

“We’ve had to try and put the performance together piece by piece, and we made good changes going into qualifying so that I was much happier with the car.

“Q1 and Q2 weren’t looking too bad – especially the second run in Q2. But the car is just really peaky – sometimes it’s in the window, sometimes not. And I couldn’t squeeze anything more out of it on that final lap.”

Lewis Hamilton expects tough Sunday

Lewis Hamilton at 2023 Singapore Grand Prix, Friday | Mercedes F1 Team

With both Ferrari and Red Bull cars, as well as Daniel Ricciardo in the AlphaTauri ahead of Hamilton on the grid at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the Mercedes man outlined the test he faces at the Mexico City GP.

“The race is definitely going to be a challenge,” Hamilton went on, “we will be overheating the tyres and the brakes, so it won’t be easy to battle the cars around us.

“I don’t really know what kind of race to expect but it’s going to be on a knife edge. It’s the story of my life this year. Austin was a stand out race for us but it’s back to this [here.]”

Of course, Mercedes usually improve as a weekend gears towards race day but neither Hamilton nor teammate George Russell were pleased with the performance of their car on Saturday.

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