Mercedes F1 explained why it lost a lot of pace in the qualifying for the previous F1 Turkish Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton won the F1 Turkish Grand Prix in the final, but the repaved road in Istanbul Park forced drivers to wrestle with low-grip roads throughout the weekend.
Until the F1 Turkish Grand Prix, Mercedes had one driver in pole position for 13 consecutive races this season, but in the qualifying held in wet conditions, Lewis Hamilton was 6th, 4.7 seconds behind Paul, Valtteri Bottas. Finished in 9th place and the lowest qualifying result since 2015.
In a post-race video message, Mercedes F1 Strategy Director James Bowles explained why he struggled in qualifying because he couldn’t generate enough energy in his tires in a short amount of time. But he said it wasn’t a problem on the racing lap in the final.
“In Q1, where the car ran multiple laps on wet tires, we weren’t inferior to the field at that point, and in fact both cars were in the top five,” said James Bowles. It was.
“But after multiple red flags were presented at the end of Q1, we knew the true extent of the problem. All teams and all drivers had only one wet time-out to make it work.”
“It was important to have the tire temperature and the tires in the right window. In Q2, everyone had a long run in the wet, but we were again two seconds behind Verstappen.”
“It wasn’t the difference we saw at the end of Q1, but it was still a huge performance difference.”
“And in Q3 Stroll did exactly the same driving plan we did. We had one time lap on the wet and then two time laps on the intermediate tires.”
“If you dig into the reason, it was all about the energy you put into the tires. When you spin the rear tires to create a slip, the engine produces energy, the brakes generate energy both at the front and the rear. Again it goes into the tire “
“But obviously the road is wet and the rain keeps depriving the tires of energy, so in some conditions it was important to put in more energy than it was deprived.”
James Bowles added that the problem is unlikely to recur in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, but “it may recur in the near future and needs preparation.”
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