'I had no pace', admits concerned Hamilton

Sunday, 15 april 2018, 06:34 , by Paul Macdonald

Lewis Hamilton could not hide his disappointment after a below-par performance in the Chinese Grand Prix ended in a fourth-place finish, leaving the world champion well off the pace and struggling to keep up in his bid to retain the title. 

In an action-packed race, Daniel Ricciardo emerged triumphant after a superb drive, while Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen was involved in an incident which ruined Sebastian Vettel's chance of glory, just a week after the Dutchman had impacted Hamilton's race by colliding with the Brit.

While the action was taking place around him, Hamilton was subdued in comparison, never threatening the leaders and only secured fourth via a time penalty given to Verstappen for the coming together with Vettel. 

Hamilton admitted after the race that Mercedes are struggling at the moment, and that he has concerns about the season ahead.

He said: "“I was in no man's land today. I had no pace. I was just trying to hold on for whatever I had.

"It's a tough battle ahead of us, particularly on my side, I would say my side, but also us as a team.

“We've been underperforming. Yesterday and today have been a disaster on my side, so I've got to try and rectify that and try and get back into normal performance mode, otherwise more valuable points will be lost. I'm thankful a couple of incidents that happened ahead today kept us in the battle."

Ricciardo's win in China, combined with back-to-back victories for Vettel, means it is the first time that Mercedes have failed to pick up a win in the first three races of the season since the dawn of the V6 hybrid era. 

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Comments (17)

  • Flanagan J-b Nick
    Come on Lewis what’s going on fella are you giving in are you no one more wants to see you win another title before Vettel your the people champion you are what champion is like Michael and senna and all the Other greats
  • Andrew Starkey
    I think after Canada we will know the real pecking order. Baku Spain and Canada all a good test.
  • Shahrulilahi Erolf
    Maybe this year belongs to riciardo or bottas.. great seasons this year
  • Blaž Štremfelj
    As soons as he hasnt a 1 second per lap faster car, he is totaly useless...
  • Martin Burns
    Karma - since he took the piss out of Vettel he’s had no luck at all
  • Alex Pfeifer
    It's nice to see multiple constructors competing for the top spots.
  • Don C Hill
    He better shake it off, it's not easy out there with two against one.
  • ??????? ???????????
    ? ?? ?? ??? ???
  • Ryan Peoples
    Stop whinging and start driving
  • Joe Kooinga
    Good to see other teams winning for once
  • Nick Corso
    Maybe his ego is weighing the car down.
  • Trevor W. Riley
    Not hungry enough
  • Paul Brown
    Swings and roundabouts.
  • GL Avila Alimbuyuguen
    He needs someone to hump

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