Lewis Hamilton’s ‘difficult position’ comment explained by Mercedes engineer

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FORMULA ONE followers had been left intrigued by one in every of Lewis Hamilton’s radio messages throughout the Australian Grand Prix – however Mercedes engineer James Allison has defined what the seven-time world champion meant.

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Mercedes chief engineer James Allison has defined why Lewis Hamilton complained in regards to the ‘tough state of affairs’ the Silver Arrows had positioned him in over the past race in Melbourne. Hamilton finally secured a P4 end, whereas teammate George Russell secured his first podium since switching to the reigning constructors’ champions.

Hamilton was forward of Russell till a late Security Automotive allowed the 24-year-old to pit with out dropping as a lot time as standard. It meant the previous Williams star overtook the seven-time world champion, and it translated to a podium as Max Verstappen’s Pink Bull broke down.

Within the ultimate phases of the Australian Grand Prix, a reasonably blunt message from Hamilton was broadcast throughout tv channels. The 37-year-old mentioned: “You guys have actually put me in a tough place.”

Whereas the message appeared curious and alarming on the time, each Hamilton and now Mercedes F1 chief technical officer Allison have make clear the that means behind the feedback. Hamilton mentioned it was to do with overheating, and Allison went into extra depth when conducting a Q&A video on the Mercedes YouTube channel.

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Lewis Hamilton's 'difficult position' comment explained by Mercedes engineer

Lewis Hamilton completed P4 within the Australian Grand Prix final weekend regardless of his struggles (Picture: GETTY)

When Twitter consumer Soph (@SophieTalksF1) requested what Hamilton meant when he mentioned he had been put in a ‘tough state of affairs’ in Australia, Allison answered assuredly. 

“That was all about engine cooling – retaining the PU (energy unit) cool throughout the course of the race,” mentioned Allison. “We push every part to the restrict as you’ll think about and a kind of is engine cooling. 

“We do this by closing up the bodywork or altering the groove design in the back of the automotive. That call is made on Saturday, however clearly we’re racing on Sunday – 24 hours later. 

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Lewis Hamilton's 'difficult position' comment explained by Mercedes engineer

Mercedes’ chief technical director has cleared up Hamilton’s remark (Picture: Mercedes)

“And on this explicit circumstance, the ambient was one, possibly two, levels hotter than we had anticipated. Because of that, ourselves – and never simply ourselves, you’ll have heard it from different groups up and down the grid – had been proper on the restrict of what the engine and the PU can take by way of cooling necessities. 

“And throughout the course of the race once you’re following a automotive, it meant that Lewis needed to compromise what he was doing. He needed to transfer out of the soiled air of the automotive in entrance of him and ensure we obtained cool, clear air via the radiators to drop the PU temperatures down. 

“However doing that makes racing the automotive in entrance extremely tough – and that’s why the message got here out.”

Mercedes can have one other week to debrief earlier than they flip their attentions to a return to Imola. The 22-race 2022 marketing campaign – which is predicted to return to 23 races within the close to future as soon as a Russian Grand Prix alternative is discovered – continues with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on April 24.

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