Lewis Hamilton explained the difficulty in setting up the 2021 Mercedes car, saying that it was simply a daunting task.

The Mercedes-AMG cars have always been engineering marvels that stay ahead of the competition. Seven Constructors’ Championships in a row is testament to that; the sheer pace perfectly complemented by precise setups and handling.

However, that comes with a catch, and that is the difficulty in getting everything in sync. A car as advanced as it requires a finessed approach to things, and that makes it difficult to get it running at its peak.

Hamilton explained the difficulty in setting up the 2021 Mercedes car, and gave an insight into how hard it was to nail every aspect of it.

“I can’t remember if it was last year or before, Toto (Wolff) would say it was a diva,” the seven-time world champion talked about the car, as quoted by autoevolution.

“But this one is a monster diva. And what we often find, plus we’ve had less practice time, is that it’s been harder to get the car in the right window

Lewis Hamilton driving his Mercedes-AMG W12 F1 car
The Mercedes W12 (pictured) is a tricky car to master. Source: Getty Images

“(In Brazil) I got the car exactly where I wanted. And that was like literally hitting the nail on the head. But that’s like maybe once or twice we’ve done that this year.”

Quite a task

Hamilton explained that getting the best out of the W12 requires military-grade precision, and that has been messing with their bid for the championships since the start of the season.

“It’s been the hardest car to set up and I’ve done a lot of sim testing,” he continued.  

“But even sim days, you go and do a sim day and the sim is not in the right place it’s supposed to be – the grip level’s not right or the wind effect is not right, or the thermal degradation is set wrong, so you can come away with bogus numbers.”

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