The relatively poor form of Mercedes at the start of the 2022 season came as “a bit of a shock” to Lewis Hamilton.
Formula 1 team bosses expect the black-and-orange flag to be used less often in future following the dispute which arose at the United States Grand Prix.
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Lewis Hamilton scored the bonus point for fastest lap in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix despite losing four tenths of a second per lap with a damaged front wing.
Mercedes’ decision to fit another new engine to Lewis Hamilton’ car, and accept the grid penalty that came with it, was vindicated by their Sao Paulo Grand Prix victory.
Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes have identified the cause of his poor pace during the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, prior to the clash with George Russell which ended his race.
Valtteri Bottas’ car was damaged extensively in his Imola crash with George Russell last weekend and much of it may have to be replaced.
Mercedes will “be leaning on technological solutions to try and have our celebrations” amid the pandemic, following their seventh constructors championship victory.
Lewis Hamilton’s rivals underestimate how hard he works, says Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin, who compared the six-time champion to his predecessor at the team, Michael Schumacher.