Mercedes admits it knew about gearbox issues: ‘We were expecting it’
By Srihari HS 07 July 2020 | 14:54
Mercedes engineer Andrew Shovlin reports that there were problems with Valtteri Bottas’s car on Friday. The difficulties encountered by the Mercedes drivers in the Austrian GP were not entirely unexpected, Racefans reports.
“We were aware of it on Friday when we saw that Valtteri had an issue at the end of one of the sessions,” Shovlin reveals. Mercedes was afraid that the gearbox would fail. “It’s basically a build-up of electrical noise that starts to interfere with the various systems”
In Bottas’ car, a gearbox problem was discovered about halfway through the race. A little later, the same problem occurred with Lewis Hamilton’s car. On-board radios messages conveyed that the defects in the cars were in ‘critical condition’. However, the drivers were able to finish the race and ended at P1 and P4.
Red Bull Ring hard on F1 cars
Shovlin explains that the Austrian circuit demands a lot from Formula 1 cars. “This is a circuit that’s actually quite easy to overtake. And as a result, if you don’t use the kerbs, if you don’t push hard, you’re at risk. So that’s one of the factors.”
“But it’s the kerbs themselves that are very violent”, continues the Mercedes engineer. The weather also played a part: it was exceptionally warm in Austria, and the team had to struggle to cool their cars. This weekend it will be tough for the cars again, during the second Austrian Grand Prix of the season. (Photo: Mercedes AMG F1)
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