Hamilton can watch ‘Game of Thrones’ stuck in Monza F1 DRS train

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The Mercedes driver qualified fifth at Monza on Saturday but will start 19th after being given penalties for a power unit change.

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Hamilton has had numerous successful attacks across the field with Mercedes in his F1 career, but expects “everyone to be on a DRS train” in the race, as he struggled in practice to follow Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and to catch up.

“I was behind Valtteri in practice yesterday and I was unable to overtake or pass him,” Hamilton said this weekend when asked about the DRS effect on Monza.

“So I hope I don’t get stuck tomorrow.

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“But I imagine everyone is on a DRS train and they just sit there and wait for the strategy, the tire degradation that comes tomorrow.

“I was thinking of taking an iPad and just watching the new Game of Thrones in the DRS line [which] is off.”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff shared Hamilton’s fears, but is convinced the W13’s speed in the corners and “clever strategy” could put his driver in the points on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG, in Parc Ferme after qualifying

Photo By: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

“Well, he needs the iPad to entertain himself and we need the iPad to entertain ourselves,” Wolff said.

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“I really hope it’s not the DRS train we’re afraid of. But we have a good race car that takes corners faster than everyone else and we can play smart strategy and bring it back solidly in the points, which is also happens in the race.

“And it can be beneficial. And he can come all the way forward, but of course that’s a long shot.”

When asked by TBEN if there was a lot of room to play with strategy at Monza, Hamilton feels Pirelli’s insistence on bringing harder compounds makes it an “easy” one-stop race and hopes “a nice SC (safety car ) offer” Help him.

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“They should bring the softest tires here to promote more pit stops and stuff,” he added. “But they keep bringing these hard tires and you can only do one.

“It’s generally an easy way for tomorrow, so strategy won’t do much.

“But I hope there are safety cars and things like that. I’ve been so unhappy with the timing of the safety car this year. It would be nice to have a nice SC offer tomorrow.”