Connect with us

2015 F1

Mercedes worried about problem with its race starts

Published

on

Mercedes F1 2015 Hungarian GP
Mercedes is worried a developing problem with its race starts could begin to dent the team’s cruise to the 2015 world championships.

At Silverstone, a poor getaway for the German team allowed Williams to fight for victory, and now in Hungary the issue resurfaced and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel went on to win.

Team chairman and F1 legend Niki Lauda warns against complacency.

“We were spoiled by victories and our superiority in the last year and a half,” he told Bild. “We now have a list of errors that we need to analyse and process.”

At the top of the list is the race starts.

“I am very concerned,” said team boss Toto Wolff.

He said Ferrari taking the early lead in Hungary “triggered the whole mess” of Mercedes’ disastrous race. “It’s not acceptable and needs to be analysed why it happens.”

Worse still, the next race is in Belgium, where the FIA’s new clampdown on ‘driver coaching’ when it comes to preparing the drivers for their starts on formation laps takes effect.

So after the grid was shuffled in Hungary, Lewis Hamilton thinks that effect is likely to be magnified from Spa-Francorchamps on.

“With the unpredictable starts I imagine it is going to get worse,” he said.

“I think they (the FIA) might underestimate how much they (the starts) influence the races. They might need to make changes to it.” (GMM)

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F19 hours ago

Kubica not offended by Vettel comments

Robert Kubica says he is not offended by comments made by quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel. Ferrari’s Vettel said that...

2018 F110 hours ago

Verstappen happy with Ricciardo replacement

Max Verstappen says he is happy with Red Bull’s pick for his new teammate. The Dutchman says he cannot understand...

2018 F110 hours ago

Renault to keep working over Christmas

Staff at Renault’s works F1 team will work throughout the Christmas and New Year period. That is the news from...

2018 F11 day ago

Force India to launch 2019 car in Canada

Force India has become the second F1 team to announce a reveal date for its 2019 car. Ferrari boss Maurizio...

2018 F11 day ago

“it was a difficult experience, but it made me stronger,”- Sirotkin

Sergey Sirotkin says his aim is to return to formula one in 2020. The Russian has been replaced at Williams...

2018 F11 day ago

McLaren success is ‘long term’ aim – Sainz

Carlos Sainz says McLaren is aiming for success only in the medium to long term. The Spaniard says he is...

2018 F11 day ago

Silverstone proposes new F1 deal for 2020

Silverstone has stepped up its bid to remain on the F1 calendar. Last year, amid growing losses, the circuit-owning British...

2018 F12 days ago

Berger tips Mick Schumacher for Ferrari seat

F1 legend Gerhard Berger thinks Michael Schumacher’s son is on the road to a career at Ferrari. Currently, rumours are...

2018 F12 days ago

Vettel no fan of electric cars

Sebastian Vettel says he is no fan of the trend towards electrically powered cars. The new Formula E season has...

2018 F12 days ago

Canada GP not in danger – promoter

The future of the Canadian grand prix is not in danger. That is the view of Montreal race promoter Francois...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media