Lewis Hamilton left Brazil with the feeling that the floor introduced in Austin would not work. The sensations were great there and in Mexico, but in Interlagos, they received a severe blow from reality. The new flat bottom forced them to ride with a very large rear wing which made them very slow in the straight and thus, they could not fight.
Mercedes’ race in Brazil was one of the worst of the whole season, with only four points and the feeling that there are many things that do not work. Hamilton stated that he felt the W14’s progress on the new floor in Austin and Mexico, but it seemed to depend more on the circuit than the car itself.
In Brazil, they were very slow on the straight because of all the rear wing they had to put on and in addition, they were damaged more than on other circuits. The load generated by the W14 from the flat bottom is not enough and although there are two races left to finish the season, it is not good for 2024.
“My feeling is that the earth does not move. It is not in an ideal position and we are forced to use a larger rear wing, which makes them have incredible drag on the straights. We were wasting time there and there was nothing I could do. We also slide a lot in the corners, so we have to analyze what happens on this type of circuit,” Hamilton acknowledged in words published on the Planet F1 portal.
Hamilton doesn’t want to throw in the towel for the future and although he knows Red Bull have a huge advantage, he believes it’s best to remain optimistic. The energy drink brand will close 2023 with a large margin over the rest of its rivals and everything indicates that they will continue far ahead in next year’s Bahrain GP.
“The tires are getting very hot and we are slow in the straight, without any grip in the corners. I think the best thing we can do is to remain optimistic. That Red Bull is still far away and maybe, They will have the same advantage for the next two years” Hamilton said in conclusion.