Mercedes knew stewards 'were not going to like' Hamilton situation

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Mercedes knew stewards 'were not going to like' Hamilton situation

The Mercedes team feared an issue with the Russian Grand Prix stewards when it realized how far down the road Lewis Hamilton had gone to conduct his practice starts.

Mercedes gave the green light to Hamilton to carry out the routine practice starts, but the Briton did so outside of the designated area as outlined in the FIA's pre-race notes to competitors.

Seeking a patch of tarmac with more grip, Hamilton had moved his car further away from the authorized zone, a move the Mercedes pitwall only noticed on its driver's second practice start, conducted after passing through the pitlane.

©Mercedes

"In some places there's a box that they paint on the floor, and you've got to do it in the box," explained Shovlin.

"Then other places, it's kind of a general area. And often, if there's a lot of rubber, that's not going to be representative of the grid.

"The drivers and also the engineers will want to find a bit that's closer in terms of the grip to expect on the grid. And all it was was Lewis asked if he could go a bit further.

"We hadn't realised quite how far he was going to go. But it's really just trying to find a bit of tarmac that's more like the one that you're going to get when you do the proper race start."

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After spotting Hamilton's exact position on the track, Shovlin anticipated that team and driver would find themselves in hot water with the stewards.

"We didn't see the first one," he said. "And when we saw the second one, we thought, 'They're not going to like that.'

"But we didn't think it was dangerous. And given the event notes said that it was on the right-hand side after the pit exit we thought it might have been ambiguous enough that we would have just got a telling off.

"When we saw the car position, it wasn't a complete surprise that they didn't like it. And no doubt there may have been teams who flagged it as much as whether the FIA or the stewards spotted it themselves."

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Binotto: Upgrades pointing Ferrari 'in the right direction'

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto downplayed the impact of the recent updates delivered to the SF1000 after the Scuderia's... The post Binotto: Upgrades pointing Ferrari 'in the right direction' appeared first on F1i.com.

Binotto: Upgrades pointing Ferrari 'in the right direction'

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto downplayed the impact of the recent updates delivered to the SF1000 after the Scuderia's points finish in Sochi, but said the changes were nevertheless pointing the team "in the right direction".

Charles Leclerc crossed the checkered flag in sixth position in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix, a result that Ferrari would not highlight in normal times.

But given the Italian outfit's current plight, Leclerc's performance indicated that progress is slowly unfolding, partially helped by the latest upgrades implemented on the Scuderia's troublesome 2020 contender.

©Ferrari

"If I were to sum up the weekend in one sentence, I would say that it's progress. At least compared to the previous races," commented Binotto.

"We were able to improve in terms of competitiveness and race results.

"The aerodynamic improvements that we brought to Sochi weren’t radical in terms of performance, but they point in the right direction in terms of to vehicle development.

"When the gaps are so small in the midfield, it doesn’t take much to make up positions. We have to continue this trend in the upcoming race at the Nürburgring."

  • Read also: Leclerc says Ferrari made 'a good step forward' at Sochi

While Binotto noted Ferrari's progress in Russia, the Swiss also reckoned that Sochi's layout played a significant part in the SF1000's improved speed.

"I think we’ve got a better balance here on these track characteristics," he said.

"So, let’s hope again that we’ve found again some competitiveness that will give the opportunity at least for the two drivers to compete for a better position in the future."

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