Hamilton: “We have got a lot of work to do”

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Lewis Hamilton has called on Mercedes to up their game following a disastrous Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.

The British driver finished 12th after starting 2nd at the Circuit de Catalunya, and he struggled to hold other drivers back thanks to the high tire wear that Mercedes experienced during the race. His teammate, Nico Rosberg, also failed to perform despite starting on pole position, eventually finishing 6th.

“It was way too tough,” he told the BBC. “We have got a lot of work to do.

“We both went backwards, but I went back a long, long way and I don’t know why. We will keep going back to the drawing board and see what we can do.”

Mercedes had been looking to remedy its tire woes over the three week break following the Bahrain Grand Prix, and many believed that the team could finally secure its first win in 2013 after locking out the front row in qualifying yesterday. Hamilton still has faith in the team despite now trailing championship leader Sebastian Vettel by 39 points.

“The team are fantastic and the work they have been doing is terrific we have just got a lot to do to catch up with the others but we will get there.”

The result was certainly a disastrous one for Mercedes, marking the first time since 1996 that the Spanish Grand Prix was not won by a driver starting in the top two. The team will be keen on fixing the issue for the Monaco Grand Prix, but they will have a race against time if they are to grace the top step of the podium at F1’s glamor event.

Ferrari junior Ilott victorious in Macau F3 qualification race

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Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott will start the 64th Macau Grand Prix from pole position after beating his Formula 3 rivals to victory in Saturday’s qualification race.

Ilott, 19, started third on the grid on Saturday behind pole-sitter Joel Eriksson and McLaren junior Lando Norris, but made a good start to rise to second early on.

Ilott hounded Eriksson for position for much of the race before battling past at Mandarin on Lap 7 as his Swedish rival struggled to keep his tires alive.

With Eriksson unable to respond, Ilott ultimately crossed the line more than seven seconds clear to take his first Macau win and secure pole for Sunday’s main event.

“We started quite strong as I got up to second from third which was not too bad. Then in the middle part of the race I had a good pace and I got past Joel for P1,” Ilott said.

“After that I managed to pull away. It was a good race, even quite relaxing at the end. I’m really happy for the result. Thank you SJM Theodore Racing by Prema, they did a great job and it should be good for tomorrow too.”

Eriksson held on to second ahead of Sergio Sette Camara, who completed the podium ahead of Maximilian Günther in P4.

Ferdinand Habsburg finished fifth ahead of Pedro Piquet, while Norris was left to settle for a lowly P7 after a clutch issue off the line caused him to drop down the order.

You can see full results from the Macau F3 qualifying race here.