He may have finished as the quickest driver by two-tenths of a second, but Lewis Hamilton felt that Mercedes did not fare particularly well on day three of the final F1 pre-season test in Barcelona.
The British driver finished 0.240 seconds clear of the field despite posting his fastest time on the soft tire, which is thought to be 1-1.2 seconds slower than the super-soft compound that Felipe Massa used for his P2 time.
This may appear to be a clear sign that Mercedes is once again head and shoulders above the rest of the F1 teams in 2015, but Hamilton wasn’t so excited about the team’s performance on Saturday.
“It wasn’t a particularly spectacular day,” Hamilton said. “The track seems to have lost a bit of grip in the last few days so the feeling wasn’t as good.
“But I’m still glad we got some running done and I feel good in the car. We were trying to understand a few things today with the set up and it gave us a clearer indication of that in the afternoon.
“The guys in the team have been exceptional during these tests and I just can’t wait to get racing now – the fun stuff!”
Teammate Nico Rosberg also topped the timesheets for Mercedes on Friday in Barcelona, but was similarly coy and quiet, stating that the team had been struggling all day long.
Rosberg will return to the wheel of the Mercedes W06 on Sunday in Barcelona to close out the test, with Hamilton’s next track time coming in practice for the Australian Grand Prix on March 13.