Mercedes’ F1 director gives insight into damage to Lewis Hamilton’s car during Austrian GP

Lewis Hamilton concluded the Austrian Grand Prix with a saddening fourth position after starting the race from P4 position.

At the start of the race, he lined up behind Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, and Sergio Perez.

During the race, he did gain significant momentum as he passed Perez and Lando to go up to P2. However, he was unsuccessful in trying to overtake Verstappen.

The Brit was unable to match the lap times of Red Bull and was constantly falling back. After this, Mercedes decided to let Valtteri Bottas try and counter Verstappen.

Towards the end, the seven-time world champion lost another track position after Lando Norris overtook him and claimed the final spot on the podium.

Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director, Andrew Shovlin offered his insights into Hamilton’s struggles.

Hamilton was driving a damaged car

Shovlin revealed that Hamilton’s progress in the race was severely limited because of damage to his car.

He also added that because of the damage, the Brit was losing downforce throughout the race.

“How much did the damage affect? A lot,” he said.

”The damage, well… It was in a part of the rear that generates an enormous amount of performance. This is a very sensitive area. In that area, we measure the pressures and from those, we can derive the performance.

From these, we estimated that we had lost between 30 and 40 points of downforce. This translates into 6-7 tenths per second for each spin.

“In addition, Hamilton had a lot of oversteer. The rear wheel swerved and warmed the tires more, causing them to degrade,” he concluded.

Hamilton looking forward to British GP

By the end of the Austrian Grand Prix, Hamilton was lagging behind Max Verstappen by 32 points. He is far behind the Dutchman by more than a race victory.

It is crucial for Hamilton to win the next race at his home circuit of Silverstone.

Only then will he be able to keep the fight for the title alive considering Red Bull and Verstappen are showing no signs of wanting to slow down.

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