Herbert warns Hamilton: "Verstappen always does very well there"
By Tomas Mota 16 June 2020 | 13:45
What will the start of the Formula 1 season look like? Can Lewis Hamilton finally go for the win on the Red Bull Ring with the innovative Mercedes tech assisting him? Sky Sports analysts Johnny Herbert and Karun Chandhok take a closer look at what they expect from the start of the season.
Herbert kicks off with an analysis of Hamilton's motivation and the test session he ran last week: "We always expect a motivated Hamilton. He can't wait to jump in the car again and that is understandable. It was important to make those laps before he went to Austria."
Hamilton, however, should be wary of his competitors, as there are plenty of drivers looking to put and end to his dominance. "But it is also important that he makes a flying start. The Red Bull Ring is a circuit where he has had little luck. Max Verstappen is the man who does an excellent job there." In particular, competition from the Dutchman should be feared by Hamilton, so Herbert thinks.
Nevertheless, Hamilton always keeps his winning mentality. And it is this mentality which promises an exciting season, predicts Herbert: "The positivity and the will to win another championship will make him a major threat to everyone. That will generate interesting dynamics."
Mercedes is leading the way
Chandhok has also commented on the 2020 season. In particular, he predicts a supreme Mercedes: "This year it was more clear than in previous years. The DAS-system was the best thing that came out of F1 during testing."
"We saw the Mercedes drivers move the steering wheel back and forth to adjust the angle of the tires". Chandhok repeats how the system works for the people for whom the test days in Barcelona were too long ago to remember. The DAS-system reduces tire wear and increases top speed on the straights.
"There is a whole range of advantages. I think the DAS-system diverted attention from the true innovation of the car: the rear suspension. They completely revised that suspension. It shows that Mercedes is not slowing down", the former F1 driver concludes. (Photo: Mercedes AMG F1)
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