Mercedes has a reputation for not beating around the bush when it comes to solving the problems it encounters. And after the mistake that saw Lewis Hamilton press his ‘brake magic’ button and claim second place in the Azerbaijani Grand Prix, the team said changes were already underway – and should. be put in place before the next French Grand Prix. .
Hamilton was taking the 50th lap race restart in Baku – following the crash of title rival Max Verstappen, which triggered a red flag – when, according to the team, he pressed a its steering wheel which shifted the balance of its brakes forward, causing it to lock up and skate until you exit Turn 1.
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The mistake knocked Hamilton down from 2nd place on the grid to 15th place at the checkered flag, as Red Bull’s Sergio Perez won the race – Mercedes CTO Mike Elliott explaining how the incident had taken place on the Hamilton side.
Lewis had done everything right, he put the car on the grid, he disabled the various buttons and settings he needed to turn off, turned on the ones he needed to turn on, and was ready to start the race correctly, ”said Elliott, speaking on Mercedes’ YouTube channel.
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“He got off to a fantastic start, stood up alongside Perez, and since he and Perez were sort of in a shuffling position, Lewis swerved, and swerving, he just cut off. the “magic button” and unfortunately he didn’t feel he had it’s done, so he had absolutely no awareness that he was going to have a problem.
“The point where he then braked, which was the normal point for him to brake, he was in the position where he shifted all the brake balance forward,” Elliott added. “Which put all the load through the front tires and as a result they locked up, and from that point on there was nothing he could do but go wide.”
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The mistake contributed to Mercedes leaving Baku with zero points, the first time the team failed to score since the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix.
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But although there is a little over a week until Hamilton’s Mercedes W12 is on track again at the Paul Ricard circuit, Elliott said Mercedes plans to offer a workaround to the seven-time champion in time for the French Grand Prix – with Elliott adding that Hamilton’s lack of mistakes over the eight seasons and a little he has spent with the team made it easier to accept what happened in Baku …
“I know from talking to Lewis… that Lewis somehow feels responsible for [the incident]Elliott said. “But the reality is Lewis makes so few mistakes and that’s what really sets him apart from some of the other drivers.
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“It’s our job to try to give him a car where it’s harder for him to make mistakes. We have to take our part of that, see how we can improve that and that is something that we will put in place for the next race.