Mercedes have admitted they opted to run an older engine for Lewis Hamilton on the Qatar Grand Prix, regardless of having a brand new ICE [internal combustion engine] of their pool from Brazil. And the Silver Arrows have warned Max Verstappen and Crimson Bull for the following race in Saudi Arabia that they are going to be working on most energy.
Hamilton stormed to pole place on the Losail Worldwide Circuit, earlier than dominating the race and chopping Verstappen’s lead to simply eight factors with two races remaining.
Wanting to preserve the “most energy” for the ultimate two races, Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin defined their reasoning.
“Of the remaining circuits, Qatar has bought the shortest quantity of straight-line [sections], the shortest quantity of full-throttle operating, and it is bought an terrible lot of cornering,” mentioned Shovlin on the staff’s post-Qatar GP debrief.
“The ability benefit you get from that engine in Qatar is far smaller than in the event you run it on the two remaining circuits.
“All we’re doing is absolutely making an attempt to stability the mileage throughout the pool, however be sure that after we use the much less highly effective engine, there’s much less of a penalty for it.
“That additionally means, after we get to the ultimate two tracks, we’re going to have probably the most energy that we presumably can.”
Hamilton beat Verstappen to pole by virtually half a second in Qatar, pulling off a dominant lights to flag victory in Qatar.
Explaining the place he believed the additional velocity had come from, Shovlin defined: “Effectively, if you concentrate on it in a really elementary sense, you make your lap time from a mix of the straight line, the place the drivers are at full throttle, after which the cornering efficiency.
“Now, in some current tracks, we have been matching Crimson Bull within the corners and extracting a profit within the straight line. However in Qatar, it ended up being the alternative. We have been matching them within the straight line and discovering all our time within the corners.
“So, the place does that point come from? Effectively, actually there are two areas. One is the downforce that you could get on the automotive and clearly, our package deal was working fairly properly there, serving to us generate numerous apex velocity. However then additionally you have bought the stability of the automotive, and that is the factor that we tune with the mechanical settings.
“For our drivers, they’d a stability that they have been very pleased with. They’d stability on the way in which in, they may assault the nook, carry velocity and, in the end, you noticed the demonstration of that with that implausible lap from Lewis for pole place.”