Lewis Hamilton struggles to train at Australian GP

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton’s early season struggles are set to continue at the Australian Grand Prix with the team well behind in practice on Friday.

The defending constructors’ champions were again far behind Ferrari and Red Bull, who led the field in the first two races.

This time it was Ferrari who held the advantage over their rivals, with championship leader Charles Leclerc finishing the second test in Melbourne 0.245 seconds clear of defending champion Max Verstappen. Carlos Sainz in the second Ferrari was third, four tenths behind his teammate.

Mercedes’ problems were again apparent at Albert Park, with none of their cars making it into the top 10 of FP2. Hamilton finished 13th, 1.5 seconds behind Leclerc with George Russell in 11th, three tenths quicker than his team-mate.

The seven-time champion said it was a “difficult” session.

“Even a good lap is 1.2 seconds behind”

“Nothing you change on the car makes a difference at the moment. We made a few changes before P2, P1 was better. It’s just a tricky car,” Hamilton said.

“There’s not much we can do. It’s like that…we just have to ride with it. Even when you do a good lap, there’s 1.2 seconds behind. It’s difficult.”

“We have a lot of work to do to close the gap.”

Hamilton is already 29 points off the Championship lead and that gap is set to widen in Melbourne this weekend. The Briton scored just one point in Jeddah two weeks ago and failed to make it through to the second qualifier.

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