Hamilton: Car balance change has favoured Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton believes his Mercedes Formula 1 car’s handling balance has “not felt the same” since September’s Singapore Grand Prix – and that this explains Nico Rosberg’s recent run of pole positions.

In his BBC Sport column, Hamilton said that his car has not handled to his liking over a flat-out single lap since the team’s poor Singapore weekend.

Rosberg has scored five straight poles following that event.

“In terms of my overall performance in the last few races, what I can definitely say is there has been a change in the car,” Hamilton said.

Since Singapore, where he qualified a season-low fifth, he believes changes to his car have altered its balance away from his liking and towards Rosberg’s – even though Hamilton won the next three grands prix.

“We are still trying to get to the bottom of [the loss of pace in Singapore] as a team,” he added. “The engineers looked into it and came up with lots of different explanations and we grabbed at one and changed a few things.

“But the car had been fantastic all year, so that doesn't really completely make sense to me. And the car balance has not felt the same since.

“It has not been as comfortable, while Nico seems to be more comfortable with it.

“I've still got the pace in the race, but it has definitely taken some of my advantage away overall, so now I have to push to try to get the car back to where it was for me.”

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Series Formula 1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Drivers Lewis Hamilton
Teams Mercedes
Article type Breaking news