The usual post-race Pure PitWall debrief by Mercedes saw Andrew Shovlin take through some fan questions over 2018 Formula 1 British Grand Prix. One of the key topics discussed was the starts which he said the team is working on.
The race had Lewis Hamilton starting losely as bogged down to third behind Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas. It was then whe he made contact with Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 3 – of course if had a proper launch, a collision could have been avoided.
Mercedes now is putting in more effort in the factory to improve their starts and match up or better it from Ferrari as they prepare for German GP. "The simple answer is we got some wheelspin," said Shovlin. "There was a bit less grip on the grid than we were expecting.
"We had done practice starts there, Silverstone they do actually let you do a start from the grid, but for some reason on Sunday we didn’t quite have what we expected and as soon as you get the wheelspin you lose traction. That then lost him places pretty quickly.
"So, we are doing a lot of work here this week trying to understand that because we know fine well that if we qualify on pole, we have got to get off the line as well as the Ferraris and that’s what we will be trying to do in Hockenheim."
Shovlin also cleared the air on Hamilton's unstable car complaint on the radio with a possible damage, but it was actually the dirty air from the cars ahead which made the car unstable but once in the clear air, he was able to drive well. "We didn’t really have much damage at all.
"It was quite a big impact and we were pretty lucky to get away with it. The reality though is you heard Lewis complaining about damage to his floor, we thought there might’ve been some aerodynamic damage.
"But, that was actually just from running in the turbulent air of all those cars ahead when he was having to fight through. It was only actually when he got into clear air and he could feel what the car was like.
"We could see his pace, that we were able to really understand that the damage was actually very, very minimal."
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