Mercedes admit they pushed Baku F1 setup “too far” which led to Lewis Hamilton’s again agony | F1

Hamilton completed fourth behind Mercedes teammate George Russell in Baku.

Through the race, Hamilton complained of again ache attributable to how extreme the bouncing was, exclaiming over crew radio: “Argh, my again is killing me!”.

There was some doubt about Hamilton’s participation on this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, nonetheless, Mercedes have confirmed the seven-time champion might be current in Montreal.

“I’m happy to report that the Lewis is right here this morning,” James Vowles stated in a video on Mercedes’ YouTube channel. “I’ve spent a couple of hours with him and he’s okay. He’ll be again within the automotive in Montreal.

“He’s an elite athlete that may push the bounds of endurance of himself and the automotive and that’s what Method 1 drivers do, that’s what makes them distinctive.”

Reflecting on the porpoising Mercedes suffered all through the Baku weekend, Vowles conceded the crew went too excessive with their setup decisions.

“On this event, although we pushed the bundle and our drivers too far, we’re placing them into vital discomfort and we merely can’t try this once more,” Vowles added.

“Our drivers are usually not the one ones struggling, you will notice within the media quite a lot of feedback from quite a lot of drivers who’re equally in discomfort and ache. 

“And we’ve got a accountability now to ensure that this doesn’t keep it up.”

Mercedes’ improve bundle on the Spanish Grand Prix appeared to assist eradicate a few of their porpoising points, with Hamilton’s race tempo much like eventual race winner Max Verstappen’s.

Vowles defined that Mercedes’ challenge in Baku wasn’t essentially porpoising however the crew deciding to run the automotive as little as doable to extend the quantity of downforce the automotive produces and thus enhance lap instances.

“I’m assured we’ve made a step ahead when it comes to porpoising however we very clearly have bouncing and to the skin it appears to be like virtually an identical, however there’s a refined distinction between the 2,” Vowles defined. 

“What is going on now could be that the automotive is decrease, because of fixing the primary challenge, however now hitting the deck fairly exhausting and that’s creating the bouncing that you simply see in the mean time.

“Once more, you try to extract efficiency by operating the automotive low however the issue could be very completely different and the bumpier the observe the extra the enter is clearly having an impact which is what we noticed in Baku. 

“I feel what’s clear is that we nonetheless have a protracted journey in entrance of us to be taught every thing we have to, to be combating on the entrance however maybe extra importantly you’ll, as prompt by this query, see efficiency variation observe on observe as we go ahead.”

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