Hamilton fastest lap attempt in Qatar prevented by time

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Hamilton fastest lap attempt in Qatar prevented by time

Mercedes says that it could not respond to Max Verstappen's late but successful effort to snatch the fastest lap in Qatar as Lewis Hamilton was constrained by time.

Red Bull brought Verstappen in for a fresh set of soft tyres with just two laps to go in last Sunday's race and succeeded in adding an extra point to his tally, thus limiting his deficit in the Drivers' standings to 8 points ahead of the final two rounds of the season.

Verstappen's achievement left a bit of a "bittersweet" feeling with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

"The initial feeling is bittersweet," he told told Sky F1 at the time. "The two World Championships are very important right now.

"Lewis was great, but that point they have achieved is somewhat frustrating, but it is great that we won the race."

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin explained why Hamilton didn't follow suit and try to make the bonus point his own.

"Red Bull deliberately timed it so that from their stop, all that Max is able to do is an out lap and a flying lap so he can then take that fastest lap which he actually held anyway from the previous stint," Shovlin explained in Mercedes post-race debrief on YouTube.

"With Lewis, if we had pitted after Max had pitted, all we would have been able to do was the out lap and that obviously doesn't count for fastest lap.

"So it's quite normal that you leave it for the penultimate lap, because when you do stop you open up the window for the race leader, and if you do it on the penultimate lap it means that they have no opportunity to actually set a proper lap time."

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Regarding Mercedes' strategy at Losail, where Hamilton was brought in just after Verstappen in order to prevent the Red Bull driver from undercutting the race leader.

"This is quite normal, when you get into a championship battle," he said. "If you are controlling a race, you are out front, you've built a gap and Lewis was very, very clear of any risk of undercut.

"The best thing you can do if you want to finish ahead of Max is just copy what he does one or two laps later.

"What you don't want to do is to be on a completely different part of the track, [or on] a completely different strategy, because [if there is] an unfortunate Safety Car, or maybe if the tyre degradation doesn't pan out as you expect, you could end up losing that advantage.

"If you see Max leading any of the remaining races, I think they will be doing a very similar thing."

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Binotto admits Ferrari just 'can't take it anymore'

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says his team's 2021 campaign can't end soon enough as the Italian outfit... The post Binotto admits Ferrari just 'can't take it anymore' appeared first on F1i.com.

Binotto admits Ferrari just 'can't take it anymore'

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says his team's 2021 campaign can't end soon enough as the Italian outfit just "can't take it anymore".

Ferrari's performance significantly improved this year compared to its dismal 2020 season, with the Scuderia now sitting third in the Constructors' championship, 39.5 points clear of rival McLaren.

Will Ferrari's attention and resources in Maranello now entirely devoted to its 2022 contender, which it hopes will carry it back into the winner's circle next year, Binotto's crews will go through the motions in the final two races of the season. But the sooner it's over, the better.

"What we had to learn we have learned," said the Scuderia boss, quoted by Italy's Corriere dello Sport.

"We’re no longer developing anything and it’s inevitable that we’re scrambling to open a different chapter with a new car.

"I’ll say it sincerely: we can’t take it any more. We can’t wait for this season to end."

Binotto admitted that Ferrari's double-points finish in Qatar with Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc last weekend was somewhat of a relief given what it expected beforehand and in light of the tyre issues encountered by some of it rivals.

"It’s clear that P7 and P8 are not what you aspire for, but we knew this was a difficult track for us for the tyre wear," explained the Swiss engineer.

"This is the car with which we suffered so much wear at Paul Ricard, the car hasn’t changed in that regard. But I think we learned to manage it, for sure better than at Paul Ricard.

"From the first lap we asked the drivers not to push and try to do only one pit stop, so they held back in their driving.

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"They didn’t push neither in the first stint with the medium tyres nor later with the hard tyres, but just ten laps from the end when we were sure the tyres would make it to the end.

"And I have to say it worked, if you look at others who instead pushed when there’s no need to do that, they got a puncture. So credit to the team who were able to manage the tyres.

"I see the strategy management, the tyres management, the pit-stops, the mechanics and once again the reliability were all very good, and both the drivers too did a good race.

"What we lack now is a fast enough car to compete for better positions."

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