Mercedes estimate the injury Lewis Hamilton’s automotive sustained throughout yesterday’s Austrian Grand Prix price him as a lot as seven tenths of a second per lap.
Following Hamilton’s first pit cease race engineer Peter Bonnington advised him: “We might have picked up some injury to the rear-left aero surfaces.”
“Yeah, the rear doesn’t really feel good in any respect,” Hamilton replied.
The workforce consider Hamilton incurred the bodywork injury shortly earlier than he made his first pit cease at flip 10. “There’s a reasonably aggressive kerb,” workforce principal Toto Wolff defined. “However we didn’t see that there was a driving mistake, it was just about the load that occured and we have to analyse why that was.”
Mercedes meant Hamilton to finish the race with a single pit cease, but it surely quickly grew to become clear the injury he had suffered meant that wouldn’t be attainable. “There was fairly a loss in efficiency, and that meant he was pushing the tyres in a route that wouldn’t have made it to the tip, in all probability,” stated Wolff. Mercedes introduced him in for a second pit cease for contemporary tyres and to regulate his stability to compensate for the injury.
The workforce’s head of trackside engineering Andrew Shovlin described how a lot Hamilton misplaced because of the injury. “The downforce loss was round six or seven tenths however because it was all from the rear, the stability turn into troublesome and we have been damaging the rears with sliding.”
Hamilton believes he would “simply” have completed second with out the injury, a view Shovlin backed in an interview after yesterday’s race. “We had injury on Lewis’ automotive with some deterioration of among the aero bits on the rear cake tin and that price him a variety of efficiency, which finally was what dropped him from second to fourth.”
“So total, a bit irritating actually, each from a efficiency viewpoint and and the truth that we have to preserve the automotive in a single piece,” Shovlin added.
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