Hamilton’s “wacky” set-up gamble fails to pay off


Mercedes head of trackside operations, Andrew Shovlin has admitted {that a} “wacky” gamble on set-up for Lewis Hamilton within the Styrian Grand Prix basically backfired.

Following his defeat in France, Hamilton frolicked within the Mercedes simulator at Brackley as he and his staff sought to get their championship bids again on observe.

The staff additionally got here up with a brand new strategy to set-up, which, in mild of the truth that Hamilton completed 35s down on Verstappen, albeit having made a second cease for tyres, clearly did not work.

“We have been exploring a reasonably wacky course with the set-up,” explains Shovlin, “a radical strategy which I believe was perhaps a bit higher on a single lap.

“The query that is still is whether or not we have damage our degradation,” he admits, “and we have to have a look at that within the subsequent day or two.

“I do not actually need to go into particulars. Primarily, the window that we work in was a lot, a lot wider. We have been kind of going additional than we have ever gone, and simply actually understanding the results of that.

“Lewis, earlier than he got here right here, was doing a number of work within the driver-in-loop simulator, and it appeared like an attention-grabbing course. However an necessary a part of this yr for us is adapting properly to each observe. We must be a bit courageous and unique with set-up course to do this.”

With no upgrades deliberate, as Toto Wolff has defined, the staff basically has to give attention to what it has, consequently set-up is one space the place Mercedes feels it may enhance, definitely when it comes to the tyre degradation that’s compromising its drivers.

“One large space is knowing this set-up departure that we have taken,” says Shovlin, “and whether or not or not that has made life tougher for the rear tyres on the lengthy runs. A few of that we are able to simply do by knowledge. However we’ll see whether or not or not that’s work that may carry into the Friday of the race weekend.

“Basically, the automotive may be very comparable. There are further challenges of extracting the grip out of that C5 compound, the very softest rubber, on a single lap. That may be fairly difficult if it is extremely sizzling right here,” he added, referring to this weekend’s race.

“The opposite factor is, we’re not in search of huge margins. I believe we have been down by a few tenths within the race, and there was a little bit of degradation. However the resolution to each of these issues may be the identical factor.

“We’ll simply attempt to get the rears working a bit cooler, and take care of the rubber a bit higher, and you could discover that each of these issues come our means.

“So we’ll give attention to these areas, and it will simply be a case of seeing if we are able to come again a bit stronger in just a few days’ time.”

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