Lewis Hamilton has expressed his concern that Mercedes is falling behind their rivals in the Formula 1 championship, citing a lack of pace and performance relative to the three other teams.
The six-time world champion has become increasingly anxious about Mercedes’ standing in F1, with the German manufacturer currently lagging behind Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren in terms of race pace and overall competitiveness.
“I’m worried about the pace we have at the moment,” Hamilton said. “All the other teams have made a step forward and we’ve kind of been the same. I feel like we’re going backwards.”
The Briton’s concerns echo those of team boss Toto Wolff, who recently suggested that Mercedes are lacking the performance to match their closest rivals.
“It’s clear that we need to find more performance if we’re to stay ahead of our competitors,” he said.
Mercedes have endured one of their toughest starts to a season in recent years, having failed to win either of the opening two races of the campaign. Hamilton’s comments come as the team prepare for the third race in Bahrain, where he will be looking to secure a much-needed victory.
The Briton has been left frustrated by the lack of progress made by Mercedes, who have made several modifications to the car ahead of the Bahrain race.
“We’ve made some changes to the car, but it’s still not quite where we want it to be,” he added.
Hamilton’s comments come as Mercedes prepare to enter the third race of the season in Bahrain, with the German manufacturer looking to make up for lost ground and catch up with the three other leading teams.