Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he might consider violating parc ferme rules and look for a solution to his W13 challenger at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
This comes after a highly disappointing performance once again from Mercedes during qualifying.
Hamilton was forced to bow out of Q1 for the first time since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2017.
Hamilton will look to ensure that the performance of Mercedes drastically improves ahead of the Grand Prix set to take place on Sunday.
If he violates the rules, he will not line up along with the other drivers when the lights go out.
Hamilton felt his car was still “not driveable” and has admitted that he may settle for a pit-lane start as he looks to find a quick fix for the Mercedes challenger.
Hamilton didn’t want to get too emotional about the importance of the race.
“It’s not going to be one of the hardest races ever, it’s just going to be a so-so race,” said Hamilton.
“It’s probably not going to be that great. Maybe I’ll start from the pit lane and change the car again to make sure it doesn’t handle the way it just did.
“For sure, there is something wrong. I don’t know what it is so I can’t comment on it really. I had no rear end
“I don’t know what George [Russell] did set up-wise. The car was feeling good in P3 and I made a couple of adjustments but I had no rear end. The rear was just so loose.”
Mercedes has a lot of work to do
Hamilton’s failure in Jeddah has only compounded Mercedes’ woes in the early part of this season.
The team has failed to hit its lofty standards and has struggled all the way through pre-season qualifying, before getting a stroke of luck to see Hamilton finish on the podium in the season opener in Bahrain.
When asked if it is a cause for concern for the Silver Arrows, Hamilton said, “Yeah, of course.”
He was also left rather stunned by just how poor the Mercedes performance has been in Jeddah.
“It was looking good in P3, we tried to progress in a similar direction and maybe went too far,” he said.
“Then the car was just undrivable, it was so nervous. I’ve got the same car as I had in qualifying, so I don’t anticipate moving that far forwards [in the race], but I’ll give it everything.”
It will be interesting to see just how much ground Hamilton can gain on the rest of the pack, especially judging by the fact that he will start almost at the back of the grid.
After a heartbreaking end to the 2021 season, Hamilton will be hoping to notch some points and ensure the gap at the top doesn’t widen too much before Mercedes finds a resolution to its current predicament.