How Mercedes benefited from Hamilton’s heavier car

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How Mercedes benefited from Hamilton’s heavier car

Mercedes imagine the additional weight added to Lewis Hamilton’s automobile within the type of information sensors on the Australian Grand Prix was worthwhile.

Hamilton’s W13 ran with out the extra sensors within the Bahrain and Saudi Arabia races as a method of lightening the load on a automobile the crew admit is “chubby”.

However they discovered the knowledge to be gleaned from these sensors a giant miss, so that they had been added to the seven-time former World Champion’s automobile for the grand prix in Melbourne.

In the end, Hamilton completed fourth to winner Charles Leclerc, one place behind his team-mate George Russell, in a automobile Mercedes are nonetheless struggling to make wherever close to as aggressive as they want.

Requested throughout the crew’s debrief of the Albert Park race whether or not good information had been obtained from the sensors on Hamilton’s automobile, James Vowles, their motorsport technique director, stated: “The reply is sure. We all the time have to have a great understanding and be data-driven as an organisation.

“And it was painful, as a result of taking sensors off the automobile as a result of the automobile is just too heavy means we’re shedding out on info, and what we concluded from the primary two races is we had too many questions with out solutions on account of doing so.

“In a standard yr, you wouldn’t even take into account not having sensors on the automobile. You’d add what you might want to, to be sure you perceive what’s happening. However clearly this isn’t a standard yr and the automobile is chubby.

“By way of the way it labored between the 2 vehicles, there are literally thousands of elements that make up the racing automobile for George and for Lewis.

“And people elements don’t weigh precisely the identical quantity, there may be variability of some grams right here and there and the precise automobile weight as talked about on the FIA scales between the 2 vehicles within the race was inside just a few grams of one another, so Lewis did a incredible job by carrying these additional sensors.

“In the end, the associated fee was small, it was a matter of grams between the 2, which is what we wished.


“To reply the majority of the query although, have we received good information? Completely. It’s not that, from this, you possibly can out of the blue discover one thing that can flip every part on its head and can discover a answer in a single race, however it offers clues and understanding of what we have to do to maneuver forwards.”




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