If he lost the podium at the end of the race at Zandvoort for having been on the wrong tire strategy, Lewis Hamilton still has some satisfaction to remember from the Dutch Grand Prix since he and Mercedes F1 succeeded there.
The Briton is particularly pleased that his team was able to figure out what was wrong at Spa last week and applied the right settings on the W13 this weekend.
“Engineers now understand much better why it didn’t work last time but worked here,” said the seven-time world champion.
“It’s all kinds of aero settings. I don’t know why we didn’t see it in the last race because there are some things we could have done differently to perform better. But not two seconds faster for either of them. We are simply making sure that we are better prepared from race to race. »
Hamilton concedes the nature of the Zandvoort circuit suited Mercedes much better than Spa, and admits he is unsure what kind of performance to expect at the next few races, starting with Monza next weekend.
“Usually on this type of circuit (Zandvoort) you just have to put the car on the track because it’s much better in terms of ground clearance and everything else. »
“We hope the potential is there. But I don’t know if the car will be good or bad in the next races. It’s like a mood swing, like he has the characteristics of a human being. You never know how far she got out of bed. »