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Mercedes to make change to ‘brake magic’ button after Lewis Hamilton’s Azerbaijan GP woe

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“It is our obligation to attempt to give him a automotive the place it is tougher for him to make errors. We’d like to take our share of that, have a look at how we will enhance that and that is one thing we are going to put in place for the following race”

Final Up to date: 10/06/21 9:31am











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Lewis Hamilton locked up at Flip One and runs off monitor throughout the restart

Lewis Hamilton locked up at Flip One and runs off monitor throughout the restart

Mercedes will introduce a change on their automotive to keep away from a repeat of the swap mishap that despatched Lewis Hamilton off the monitor amid the dramatic finish to the Azerbaijan GP.

The seven-time champion plummeted from what appeared set to be the lead of the restarted race to fifteenth place after unintentionally reactivating a button on the rear of his automotive’s steering wheel – which is referred to as ‘brake magic’ at Mercedes – which modifications brake bias settings and is used to warmth the entrance tyres.

Hamilton locked the automotive’s brakes consequently and went straight on down the Flip One escape highway, with the pack streaming by the nook behind him as he dropped out of the factors.

Explaining intimately what occurred of their newest post-race debrief video, Mercedes expertise director Mike Elliott mentioned Hamilton had put the W12 into all the right settings as typical for the beginning earlier than knocking the ‘magic’ button when Sergio Perez moved proper to attempt to defend the lead.

“Lewis had achieved all the appropriate issues, he received the automotive to the grid, he switched off the varied buttons and settings he wanted to swap off, switched on those he wanted to swap on, it was all set to begin the race correctly,” mentioned Elliott.

“He made a incredible begin, he received himself up alongside Perez and as he and Perez had been form of shuffling place Lewis swerved and within the means of swerving he simply clipped the magic button and sadly he did not really feel he had achieved it. So, he had utterly no consciousness he was going to have an issue.

“The purpose he then braked, which was the traditional level for him to brake, he was within the place the place he received all the brake stability shifted ahead, which put all the load by the entrance tyres and as a consequence they locked and from that time there was nothing that he may do than go broad.”

Hamilton took the blame for the error and mentioned the race, by which he misplaced the possibility to regain the championship lead after Max Verstappen crashed out by a tyre blowout, had proved a humbling expertise.

However Elliott says the onus was additionally on Mercedes to guarantee such an accident with the swap couldn’t so simply occur once more.

“I do know talking to Lewis yesterday that Lewis form of feels a bit of blame for that, however the actuality is Lewis makes so few errors and that is what actually units him aside from a few of the different drivers,” he mentioned.

“It is our obligation to attempt to give him a automotive the place it is tougher for him to make errors. We’d like to take our share of that, have a look at how we will enhance that and that is one thing we are going to put in place for the following race.”

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Lewis Hamilton has defined why he locked up and ran broad on the first nook after the restart, apologising to his Mercedes group

Lewis Hamilton has defined why he locked up and ran broad on the first nook after the restart, apologising to his Mercedes group

And is there any specific cause why the now-famous swap is known as the way in which it’s?

“It is referred to as ‘brake magic’, to be trustworthy, I do not know why we name it ‘brake magic’, is a button that the drivers can press and that enables them to get warmth into the brakes,” mentioned Elliott.

“One of many massive issues it does is it strikes the brake stability, so the proportion of the entrance brake vitality to the rear brake vitality all the way in which as far ahead as we will get it and that enables us to put warmth into the entrance brakes and subsequently warmth into the edges and into the tyres.”

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