Hamilton: “We haven’t cured anything”

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes are no closer to solving their tire degradation woes despite finishing on the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix.

“I think it’s just been a work in progress,” said Hamilton when asked about the W04’s tire problems. “We haven’t cured anything, it’s not been a long period of time since Barcelona where there was big trouble.”

“I guess we’ve just been to two tracks where it’s not got high speed corners, so therefore it’s not really been a problem. We’ve worked on a couple of techniques to look after the tires a bit more, brake cooling and all that kind of stuff has been added as well, which helps.”

Hamilton was positive about his car’s performance but admitted he was struggling for grip towards the end of the race which led to him being overtaken for second place by Fernando Alonso:

“I guess it’s just grip, just lack of grip,” he said. “The car was fantastic, I’m assuming those guys had even better than that.”

“But generally it’s been really good. I was just lacking a little bit of grip in the lower speed… perhaps the chicane. Fernando seemed to be particularly quick in the lower speed corners.”

He added he’s yet to get to the bottom of the braking problems that have plagued him since switching to Mercedes: “Generally, again, very similar to other races. Still need to improve and that’s where Fernando was really catching me everywhere.”

Here’s who were picking to win the Indy 500 — who are YOU picking?

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Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?

Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!

Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden

Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.

Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)

Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.

Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.

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