But judging by Mercedes’ pace all weekend, they should be able to fight with Red Bull and Ferrari on the track on Sunday. Mercedes topped the timesheet in FP1 on Friday before matching Ferrari later in the day.
And Hamilton admits there is a feel-good atmosphere around the team this weekend that wasn’t there a week ago. “We’re much happier coming in this weekend to have a car that’s potentially fighting for a front row,” he said.
“I don’t understand [how] one weekend it can be so far off and the next weekend, all of a sudden, we’re right there. So I think it’s confusing for sure. But lots of positives to take from today. I think if we hadn’t had the yellow flag we’d have been hopefully potentially fighting for the front row, so that’s really positive.”