Mercedes won’t be able to focus on the 2023 car as per Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton has stated that his Mercedes team would not be able to write off 2022 and focus on 2023 without first resolving their current issues.

The incumbent Constructors’ Champions have struggled in 2022, with Red Bull and Ferrari now leading the way thanks to a legislative overhaul that makes a ninth victory in a row look exceedingly implausible.

Mercedes had exhibited promises of a breakthrough at the Spanish Grand Prix, with George Russell finishing P3 and the W13 significantly closer to the top pace, but the Monaco Grand Prix proved to be another setback.

All eyes are now on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to determine if the blip was caused by Spain or Monaco.

However, with Mercedes fading out of contention, they could be forgiven for focusing their efforts from the start on making the 2023 car a title contender.

However, Hamilton claims that this is not a possibility since Mercedes would risk taking their troubles into the following season.

“I think we need to find out what’s wrong with this car before we can make another car,” said Hamilton, quoted by Mundo Deportivo. “If we started making another car we could easily get it wrong.

“I think it’s about understanding this fully, which we haven’t done yet, and giving us a path to where to go.”

The issue faded in Spain as Mercedes‘ performance improved, but at a Monaco Grand Prix that was a step back, Hamilton and Russell were grumbling about the ride in the W13, with Hamilton claiming it was the bumpiest track he had ever driven.

Toto Wolff, the team’s manager, was convinced that the ‘porpoising’ problem had not resurfaced in Monaco.

“I don’t think we’ve had bouncing again,” he said.

“We are hitting the ground in a very different way. The car is too stiff, too low.”

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