Mercedes AMG Formula One team Chief Engineer Trackside Simon Cole explains how the team assessed Lewis Hamilton’s damaged car during the Bahrain Grand Prix.
To BOX or NOT TO BOX?
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes was hit by Valtteri Bottas’ fast-starting Williams into Turn One, an impact which spun the W07 round and badly damaged its bodywork and floor.
Mercedes learned that floor damage on the Hamilton’s car cost him one second per lap and Brit finished on third 20 seconds adrift of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
“I think [the bad starts were] two separate incidents, but both equally painful, maybe today a little more painful,” Lewis said.
“Nonetheless, we still managed to get up there and get some points, so again damage limitation, I’m glad it wasn’t more points, as I could have not finished the race.”