Lewis Hamilton's Australian Grand Prix weekend noticed him tackle some added accountability for Mercedes, as he ran a bunch of sensors for knowledge gathering on his W13.
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Mercedes have revealed that Lewis Hamilton carried a little bit bit of additional weight on his W13 through the course of the Australian Grand Prix weekend.
This was as a result of crew becoming numerous data-gathering sensors in a bid to determine how finest to unlock extra efficiency from their troublesome automotive.
With on-track, non-competitive working down to only three hours of follow time at every Grand Prix weekend, Mercedes took the ache of carrying the additional weight on Hamilton’s automotive to make use of the race for some additional studying.
Whereas carrying such sensors would not often be an enormous problem, on account of groups utilizing ballast as a way to guarantee their vehicles meet the minimal weight necessities, this yr’s Mercedes (amongst others) is over the minimal weight restrict of 798 kilogrammes.
Consequently, each single gram of weight does affect the automotive’s final lap time.
Mercedes’ Motorsport Technique Director, James Vowles, mirrored on Hamilton’s data-gathering mission, explaining that the crew had managed to get loads of info from taking the step.
Why did Mercedes decide to suit sensors?
“We at all times have to have a superb understanding and be data-driven as an organisation,” Vowles stated, in Mercedes’ post-race debrief.
“It was painful, as a result of taking
sensors off the automotive, as a result of the automotive is simply 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.
a traditional yr, you would not even take into account not having sensors on the
automotive. You’ll add what you should, to ensure you perceive
what is going on on. However, clearly, this is not a traditional yr and the automotive
The difficulty did not seem to hamper Hamilton’s pace an excessive amount of, with the seven-time World Champion having run strongly within the first stint to eye up a third-place end.
Solely the timing of a mid-race Security Automobile resulted in teammate George Russell getting the leap and claiming the ultimate place on the rostrum, forward of Hamilton.
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How a lot of a distinction was there between the 2 vehicles?
Whereas the additional sensors added some additional weight to Hamilton’s automotive, Vowles revealed that the FIA scales confirmed the distinction in weight between Russell’s and Hamilton’s machines was virtually non-existent.
“When it comes to the way it labored between the 2 vehicles, there
are 1000’s of elements that make up the racing automotive for George
and for Lewis,” he stated.
“These elements do not weigh precisely the identical
quantity, there may be the variability of some grams right here and there.
precise automotive weight – as talked about on the FIA scales – between the 2 vehicles
within the race was inside a couple of grams of one another, so Lewis did a
incredible job by carrying these additional sensors.
“Finally the fee
was small, it was a matter of grams between the 2, which is what we
As for the worth of the info that Mercedes have been capable of collect, Vowles stated it has supplied some additional readability for the crew to work with.
“Have we obtained good
knowledge? Completely,” he commented.
“It is not that, from this, you possibly can instantly discover
one thing [and] you’ll flip all the pieces on its head and discover a
resolution in a single race, nevertheless it offers clues and understanding of what
we have to do to maneuver forwards.”
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