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Mercedes feared lacking Austrian GP if vehicles have been broken in dash race

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell each had heavy accidents in Friday’s Q3 session in qualifying, and the previous was compelled to change to the spare chassis, which was constructed up for him on Saturday morning.

Each drivers misplaced their rear wings within the accidents, and the one spare instance of the low-drag spec ready for the Austrian GP was given to Hamilton, as he was additional down the grid and thus had extra overtaking to do. Russell in the meantime was obliged to change to a much less optimum increased downforce rear wing for the dash.

The workforce additionally had just one spare flooring and needed to make one other from what was left of the broken flooring.

The truth that Mercedes had been left scrambling to have two vehicles able to run on Saturday is a transparent indication of how the fee cap has impacted the power of the highest groups to provide ample spares of the spec they’re presently racing.

“Whenever you crash two vehicles it is all the time going to make for a really tough weekend from then onwards,” Elliott stated in a Mercedes video.

“We have achieved numerous harm to the vehicles so, we have damaged each flooring, we have damaged each rear wings, we broken numerous suspension. On Lewis’s automobile we have additionally broken the entrance wing and achieved some beauty harm to the chassis.

“So, harm that we are able to restore, however not restore over a weekend. That meant utterly rebuilding Lewis’s automobile from scratch and it meant additionally attempting to construct one flooring out of two. We had one full spare we may match, and we needed to get the very best out of the 2 crashed flooring to construct one other.”

George Russell, Mercedes W13, gets out of his damaged car after crashing out in Q3

George Russell, Mercedes W13, will get out of his broken automobile after crashing out in Q3

Picture by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

The FP2 session gave each drivers an opportunity to verify their rebuilt vehicles and work in with the restricted adjustments allowed after qualifying. Elliott acknowledged that heading into the Saturday afternoon dash race the workforce knew additional heavy harm may create a significant issue.

“Having rebuilt the vehicles we additionally needed to dial within the set-up once more, and you have very restricted time in FP2 to do this, and that was all the time going to be one other compromise,” he stated.

“After which lastly having broken two vehicles as badly as we did on Friday, the drivers at the moment are able the place if we harm them within the dash race we could be able the place we couldn’t race on Sunday. So, all of that must be factored in, and all of that type of compromises your weekend.”

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Due to post-qualifying parc ferme rules utilized on Friday evening after the common qualifying format had taken place, the workforce had restricted time on Saturday morning to get the 2 vehicles prepared, as breaking parc ferme would have ensured a pitlane begin for the dash race.

“I believe you in all probability noticed we managed to get George out about 5 minutes into FP2 and with Lewis we have been about midway by the session,” stated Elliott.

“There’s a big quantity of labor that went into getting these vehicles prepared, and in Lewis’s case he had achieved a lot harm to the chassis, really solely beauty harm however harm that we couldn’t repair within the subject, we needed to type of construct his automobile from scratch on Saturday morning.

“That automobile needed to be constructed from nothing, becoming the engine, the gearbox, all of the suspension, the entire automobile methods that bolt across the chassis, all needed to be put in place, and the mechanics managed to do this in three and a half hours on Saturday morning. Which is an incredible achievement, and all credit score to them for really getting us again out and into FP2.”



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