Lewis Hamilton is looking for answers from his Mercedes Formula 1 team after a pole position lap that wasn’t “anything spectacular” by Sebastian Vettel sent the Mercedes drivers back to the second row after an incredible show of pace at the season-opening Australian GP.
Like many in the paddock, Lewis Hamilton was left surprised by Ferrari’s turn of pace from the Australian Grand Prix — despite Ferrari and Vettel taking the eventual victory in Melbourne thanks to clever strategy — when Lewis Hamilton out-qualified nearest Ferrari rival Kimi Raikkonen by over six tenths.
While the four-time world champion thinks Vettel’s lap that earned him his 51st pole position wasn’t “anything spectacular”, the Briton admits that it was a largely clean lap, and there were several areas of the track that the Ferrari was significantly stronger than the Mercedes.
“I don’t have any answers, I don’t know why we don’t have the pace that we had, this weekend.” said Lewis Hamilton, addressing his team’s lack of pace during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
“Ferrari didn’t have the pace in the last race for whatever reason, now they are back to normal, maybe?
“We’ll find out in the races to come. But what we know is Ferrari has been quick here all weekend and we’ve not been able to match them.
“Looking at Vettel’s lap, it didn’t look like anything spectacular, it was a very clean lap, but there were a couple of areas where they are particularly stronger than us.
“When I looked at their lap from the last race they looked pretty well balanced also, and if you look at my lap here it doesn’t look tacky – it was quite a clean lap in general.
“It’s not been that difficult [for Mercedes]. Ferrari were just quicker in the end.”