Lewis Hamilton may have finished in sixth place in both Baku and Miami grands prix, but the circumstances around each result left the seven-time world champion feeling very different about them. Regarding Baku, Hamilton had qualified fifth and got trapped behind Carlos Sainz after losing positions due to an ill-timed safety car. The Briton remained stuck behind the struggling Spaniard for the entirety of the latter part of the race and failed to find a passing opportunity, which left him feeling powerless. However, in Miami, the Briton found a way to battle back from an unfavourable 13th place in qualifying, where his tyres were outside their optimal temperature range. Hamilton reeled in Charles Leclerc by pulling off a series of impressive overtakes, giving him satisfaction regardless of the end result. “It was mega, just to be in a position to overtake,” he said. “We had a couple of great overtakes as well, that is what I live for.”
The main difference for Hamilton this time was that Mercedes managed to keep up with Ferrari. The Scuderia’s inconsistent race pace is far worse than its one-lap speed, giving Mercedes a chance to fight back. “Honestly, it felt great to see the Ferrari up ahead and to be catching them bit by bit”, Hamilton explained. “It is really impressive that they are really quick on a single lap, but I don’t know what was going on in that race. To have come from 13th and get back into the hustle with them was great”. The British driver even said he preferred days like this, where there was a bit of adversity and he had to put everything together in order to deliver a good performance.
Mercedes hoped that Miami was the last race using their W14 launch, ahead of significant changes being made to the floor, sidepod, and suspension for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in two weeks’ time. The team hopes this will provide a better platform from which to develop, and ease some of Hamilton‘s and George Russell‘s car handling concerns.