Hamilton: Brakes 'definitely on the limit' for second Mugello start

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Hamilton: Brakes 'definitely on the limit' for second Mugello start

Lewis Hamilton says his smoking brakes were "definitely on the limit" as he prepared for the second standing start of the day in last Sunday's Tuscan Grand Prix.

After the race was red flagged for a crash on the main straight that had taken place during the event's first rolling start, Hamilton lined up on the front row of the grid alongside Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

But smoke was seen billowing from the front wheels of the Briton's car, a sure sign that temperatures were dangerously reaching the brakes' combustion level.

"I basically had on the formation lap… a separation of my front brake temperatures by nearly two hundred degrees," Hamilton explained.

"So I was pushing them very hard to bring the one that was down equal. I got them up to a thousand degrees and I tried to cool them through the last corner and all the way to the start.

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"I got to the grid and there was a lot of smoke coming and I was definitely worried… I think I saw a flame at one stage, which is not good, because that burns all the interior of what's in the upright.

"Fortunately, at the start I got under way relatively quickly and I didn’t have a problem from there on. But it was definitely on the limit."

While the view from the outside was worrying, Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin says he was not overly concerned.

"They get hot, the brake cooling itself is relatively closed up here – you don’t do a lot of braking so you need to close the ducts to actually get the temperature," he said.

"The problem is there’s not a lot of air going through and there may have been a little bit of fire but as soon as you get going it will go out.

"The worry is only is whether you’ve burnt some of the carbon work, the cake tins and all the carbon work around the upright, that can cause a bit of grief.

"But it didn’t look particularly bad. Saying that, we’d rather not have it, but it wasn’t causing a great deal of panic."

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Top F1 drivers hope to return to 'old school' Mugello

Formula 1's top drivers gave a resounding thumbs up to the Mugello circuit, hoping the "old school" challenging... The post Top F1 drivers hope to return to 'old school' Mugello appeared first on F1i.com.

Top F1 drivers hope to return to 'old school' Mugello

Formula 1's top drivers gave a resounding thumbs up to the Mugello circuit, hoping the "old school" challenging venue finds a permanent spot on the sport's calendar in the future.

Mugello's stunning settings in the Tuscan countryside combined with its stirring layout of medium and high-speed corners was given a ringing endorsement by drivers and team members alike starting with Sunday's winner Lewis Hamilton.

"I personally love it, it was one of the toughest tracks to drive, I think being that it’s medium and high speed but it’s a fantastic circuit," said the Mercedes star.

"I think it’s more old-school with the run-off areas and the gravel so I hope they don’t change that and I would love to come back."

Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas was equally enthusiastic about the picturesque venue.

"I think it’s great, I think it should be in the calendar every year."

Whether the Ferrari-owned circuit will reappear on F1's schedule in 2021 will likely depend on the world's return to a semblance of normalcy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Formula 1 is hoping to put together a normal calendar next year which implies the return of races in Asia and on the American continent, a prospect that would likely complicate Mugello's perpetuation on Grand Prix racing's agenda.

Yet Charles Leclerc also hopes the "awesome" Tuscan Grand Prix returns.

"I actually really enjoyed this weekend and the track overall, so yes I would love to have it back on the normal calendar," said the Monegasque.

"Before the race, I was a bit sceptical about how much we could overtake on this track, but after the race, I have to say the overtakes, there have been quite a lot of overtakes.

"The track is awesome, so yes, I would love to be back."

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