Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher believes that seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton’s posture whereas driving may very well be a possible cause why the Briton appears to be scuffling with extreme again ache because of the porpoising issues Mercedes are affected by.
In his column for Sky Germany, Schumacher wrote:
“As for bouncing, you possibly can have these points, however [George] Russell was in the identical automotive and George seemed contemporary to me after the race, Lewis [Hamilton] ought to first see [Russell] is quicker than [him]. I’m sorry for Lewis that he has a backache however different groups are tackling the issue as properly. I don’t know if Lewis sits extra upright within the automotive and subsequently feels the blows to his again extra. If he have been sitting extra upright, the load on his lumbar backbone can be a lot larger and would clarify his ache. The opposite downside with bouncing is the fixed hitting makes the automotive hop and you’ll hardly see something.”
The previous Toyota F1 driver-turned-pundit went on to say:
“George Russell was new to the group in the beginning of the season and is often forward of the runner-up world champion and can also be stronger in qualifying. The ‘best driver of all time’, as Toto Wolff at all times calls [him], is ironed out by a newcomer in a manner that’s already worrying. I’m amazed as a result of there are solely two choices: both Russell is the brand new highflyer, or Hamilton had such a powerful automotive in recent times that has made up for lots. You could possibly remedy the issue in case you used a flat underbody for all vehicles. However that will imply lap occasions can be a minimum of two seconds longer and even slower. The entire thing would contain a whole change of idea and can’t be mounted in a single day.”
Lewis Hamilton, who has been outperformed by his teammate George Russell in seven out of the final eight races this season, definitely appears to be having a more durable time than his compatriot.
Lewis Hamilton claims Mercedes is dropping “a minimum of a second with bouncing”
Whereas Lewis Hamilton secured his finest results of the season for the reason that Bahrain Grand Prix final weekend in Azerbaijan in P4, he claims that the bouncing is costing the group “a minimum of a second” of lap time.
In a post-race media interplay, the Briton mirrored on the difficult race, admitting that the tip end result was a really constructive one for the group. He stated:
“That’s the one factor. Biting down on my enamel by ache and simply adrenaline. I can’t specific the ache that you just expertise, significantly on the straight right here. On the finish, you’re simply praying for it to finish. We’re in such a superb place nonetheless, we received third and fourth which is a good end result for the group. The group did a fantastic job with the technique, as soon as we repair this bouncing, we’re going to be proper there in a race however we’re dropping over a second simply with bouncing, for positive. Or a minimum of a second with bouncing… I’ll be on the manufacturing facility tomorrow; we’ve received to have some good discussions and hold pushing.”
Lewis Hamilton at the moment stands sixth within the drivers’ standings with 62 factors to his title.