Canadian GP

Clutch issue caused Mercedes’ poor start in Canada

Clutch issue caused Mercedes’ poor start in Canada

Clutch issue caused Mercedes’ poor start in Canada

Mercedes duo blamed an ongoing issue with their clutch for the slow start off the line which resulted lost Nico Rosberg’s podium finish at Canadian GP.

Sebastian Vettel got the jump on pole-sitter Hamilton and Rosberg’s on the start, which turned out a slight contact between Mercedes duo at turn 1 and it’s sending the German off the track and back down the field to 10th.

It was not the first incident this season of poor starts Hamilton and Rosberg. Following latest trouble at Canada, Mercedes is going to investigate and try to understand why.

“The clutch was warm, had low torque, so I let the clutch out and it didn’t deliver the torque,” explained Hamilton.

“Compared to Nico, his torque was not as expected, but he still had better torque. So my clutch was just slipping. I did the procedure exactly as I was asked.

“They’re going to investigate and try to understand why. They don’t quite understand it, so we’re going to work on it.

“Having seen [the data], I’m happy I didn’t make any mistakes, but this clutch is definitely catching us out.”

For this season the clutch start strategy has changed, with drivers now operating a single rather than a double clutch, and with no help from the pit-wall.

“All weekend the starts have been fantastic, but the clutch is not the same all the time,” he added.

“The formation start was fantastic. I let the clutch out and it was perfect – perfect torque, no wheelspin.

“I came round, I did exactly what they asked me to do, and then the damn thing just slipped.

“It’s a priority for Nico as well, when we talk about priorities of things we can work on.”

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