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LEWIS HAMILTON is ‘praying’ for a non-bumpy car next year as he jokes his dental fillings could fall out at the United States Grand Prix.
On Friday, the Mercedes star set the third fastest time in FP1 at the Circuit of the Americas.
But after the workout hamilton revealed that driving was difficult on the bumpy track, despite the upgrades to his car.
Although the Briton acknowledges that improvements have been made, he still stressed that it is a far cry from the car he drove last year.
Hamilton said: “I came here after Montreal and drove last year’s car and it was so good.
“I remember coming out and beaming from ear to ear because it was so soft and had good downforce, good power. This year obviously we lost some power with biofuels.
“The car is so stiff now. Come and drive the car, luckily I don’t have much [dental] fillings because if I did they would all be out this year for sure.
“It’s so, so bumpy. I’m really praying for a bump-free car next year.
Head Mercedes Toto Wolff has expressed concern over the issue of porpoisingindicating that it is not safe for drivers.
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He claimed it could cause brain damage to drivers and his team tried to remedy the problem throughout the year.
The final stages include improvements to the front fender to improve flow conditioning, while the floor fences and floor edge have also been improved.
Hamilton feels the upgrades have worked and thinks he’s not too far behind his rivals.
He added: “I kept the car in one piece today which is good and I really felt the improvements in the car.
“Hopefully we’ll make some changes tonight and tomorrow we’ll know exactly where we are. But it doesn’t look like we’re too far away from everyone.”
Hamilton heads into the United States Grand Prix still looking for his first win of the season.
His rival Max Verstappen, however, has already wrapped up the Drivers’ World Championship with four races remaining.