Hamilton’s pace from the Formula 1 season opener last weekend was hampered by injury into the back of the floor, that cost him down-force and affected the balance of his vehicle.
But while Hamilton guessed that the floor was destroyed once he shattered path debris on lap four months, the team considers that it was actually hitting a kerb that caused the problem.
“On review of Lewis’ car after the rush, we detected some harm over that which we call the noodle seal region,” clarified Vowles, in Mercedes’ post-race Pure Pit Wall investigation video.
“If you study this image [of the floor], then you will realize the carbon only in front of that back tyre on such ground region.
And we believe we continued it throughout the length of the race while riding some of those kerbs. ”
Vowles went on to explain that Hamilton’s balance problems particularly hurt him because he was already having to run an extra long stint over the moderate after an early stop to cover the possibility of a Sebastian Vettel undercut.
“Lewis already had a lengthy stint on such medium tyre after covering the chance of Vettel’therefore under-cut, so he was already having to handle those tyres quite significantly, hindering his progress throughout the race and really had to look then.
“Nevertheless, more over, that floor hurt wouldn’t’ve helped, it would’ve caused the back to be unstable than it would be, and he did a great job bringing this car into the end of the race. ”
While Hamilton’s broken floor contrasts his chances of fighting with teammate Valtteri Bottas for its victory, Vowles reported that nothing ought to be studied away from the flawless performance of the race-winning Finn.
“You’d ’ve seen in qualifying he was there in contention to get rod position and it was Lewis’ fabulous last lap that actually put him beforehand.
“Come the racehis beginning was perfect, he was in a position to spend the end result of the race from subsequently , he just lap after lap just pulled a small margin relative to others supporting. ”
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1, 1st standing, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, Second position, and the Mercedes team celebrate success
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