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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton seeking answers after disappointing British GP practice

The seven-time World Champion was left unhappy with their setup direction after Friday practice.

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Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes will need to work on their car setup to find answers to their lack of Formula 1 pace, after they finished outside of the top ten in British Grand Prix practice.

The seven-time World Champion's best effort was a 1:29.283 at the end of FP2 on the Soft tyres, which was 1.2s off the fastest time from Max Verstappen on the same rubber.

With the wind playing a factor in their car balance, Hamilton was noticeable struggling at Club corner on some of his runs as the rear end broke traction.

He admitted after the session that it was difficult to drive his W14 around the high speed Silverstone circuit: "It's a tough car to drive and no matter what we do to set up, it continues to be a tough car to drive.

"On single lap, we didn't feel any improvement between the times, which is shows us something's wrong. Then on the long run didn't seem to be too bad, so that's the positive at least."

Hamilton: We'll work on this overnight

Hamilton noted that his car balance started to improve towards the end of his race stint, but admits there is still work to be done if they want to compete further up the grid.

"The last part of my run was starting to be more consistent, for whatever reason; it could be wind, it could be just balance, or me getting used to the balance," he explained.

Both Hamilton and George Russell have yet to chose a definitive direction for their car setup, with the latter concerned over the lap times Hamilton produced relative to Ferrari and Red Bull.

"We'll try and work on it tonight and Mick [Schumacher] will do some work in the simulator, so hopefully we'll come up with some answers," Hamilton added.

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