Mercedes simulator driver had ‘alarm bells ringing’ before Lewis Hamilton’s horror weekend

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MERCEDES have loads of work to do earlier than they return to the monitor in Melbourne subsequent month.

Mercedes simulator driver had 'alarm bells ringing' before Lewis Hamilton's horror weekend

Anthony Davidson will probably be again within the simulator for Mercedes this week (Picture: SKYSPORTS/GETTY)

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Lewis Hamilton’s greatest challenge within the Mercedes in the mean time is the lack to journey as low to the bottom as Purple Bull, based on simulator driver Anthony Davidson. Whereas there was some fortune for Mercedes in Bahrain with Hamilton snatching a podium end, it was a weekend to overlook in Saudi Arabia.

The seven-time world champion did not get out of Q1 on Saturday and was solely in a position to handle to climb as much as tenth in Sunday’s race. Now there’s a two-week break earlier than the season resumes on the Australian Grand Prix with loads of work for Mercedes to do within the meantime.

Davidson, who additionally works as a pundit for Sky Sports activities F1, will probably be again within the simulator for Mercedes this week because the crew attempt to work on bettering the automobile. The 42-year-old admits that the automobile which took to the monitor in Saudi Arabia was vastly completely different to the one he had skilled within the simulator.

And Davidson additionally factors out the most important challenge for Mercedes is their want to repeat Purple Bull’s means to drive as low to the bottom as potential whereas additionally eliminating the porpoising challenge.

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Mercedes simulator driver had 'alarm bells ringing' before Lewis Hamilton's horror weekend

Lewis Hamilton struggled all weekend in Saudi Arabia (Picture: GETTY)

“It did not fairly seem like the automobile that I do know within the simulator in order that was already ringing a couple of alarm bells for me whereas I used to be on the market,” he mentioned on Sky Sports activities’ Any Pushed Monday. “I’m again on this week and there is going to be quite a lot of work to do.”

He added: “If I knew the solutions then they would not be ending the place they’re in the mean time. It was very shocking to see Lewis not make it by Q1.

“It was an enormous shock for everybody together with Lewis I suppose as effectively. It isn’t what we’re accustomed too or the crew are accustomed to after successful eight championships on the bounce.


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“There is a lengthy method to go however I feel the primary level of it’s they principally cannot run the automobile’s journey peak the place they need to. I’ve seen plenty of different vehicles on the market that may, take the Purple Bull, it may possibly scrape alongside the bottom because it goes down the straight. They can not get that automobile any decrease to the bottom because of the sparks.

“You do not see that with the Mercedes, or the Ferrari, and also you see much more bouncing on the automobile. The Mercedes needs to ideally run the place the Purple Bull is, however each time they try to go there the porpoising and bouncing will get unbelievably detrimental to the consolation within the automobile and the velocity.

“The issue in Jeddah is as a result of it’s excessive velocity that is the place the phenomenon begins – something over 230kmh this porpoising begins, a few of the corners are that quick. It isn’t simply occurring on the straights, it is occurring throughout the nook as effectively after which the automobile turns into a little bit of a bucking bronco and you may’t dangle onto the factor.

“The issue for them is that they have this potential within the automobile. They know it may be a lot faster, however they can not run it the place they need to.”


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