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12G-impact caused seat to break in Hamilton’s FP3 crash



12G-impact caused seat to break in Hamilton's FP3 crash

12G-impact caused seat to break in Hamilton’s FP3 crash

Mercedes has revealed that Lewis Hamilton’s seat damaged in his 12G registered high-speed crash during second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Brit lost control of his car at Turn 11 in the early stages, skidding across the track and into the barriers, where he logged a 12G impact.

Explaining what happened, Hamilton said: “Well they’ve got those new white kerbs [on approach to Turn 11]. I think I put my rear wheel just slightly over that white line and touched that kerb, they’re very slippy — I don’t know why they’ve put them there to be honest, it was fine the way it was before.

“I hit the wall perfectly sideways so was able to pull away, but it overloaded the wishbones,” he said.

“The front wing endplate might have been damaged and the sidepod wing maybe, but fortunately not a lot of damage.”

Hamilton made several errors when out on track and Mercedes’ mechanics replaced his seat after the world champion reported discomfort.

Seats breaking in accidents are quite strange, in the opening round at Australia Fernando Alonso was crashed, the carbon-fiber seat broke at around shoulder height due to forces exceeding 46G. Also the latest report reveals that, the Spaniard still suffering pain from Melbourne crash.


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