“I did everything I was supposed to do”, Hamilton told reporters after a surprising loss in Melbourne in the F1’s season opener race. Hamilton says that there is no “dark Cloud hanging over Mercedes” after losing when Ferrari overtook him in the pits. He says he is in disbelief, while Mercedes is still not sure
“I did everything I was supposed to do”, Hamilton told reporters after a surprising loss in Melbourne in the F1’s season opener race. Hamilton says that there is no “dark Cloud hanging over Mercedes” after losing when Ferrari overtook him in the pits. He says he is in disbelief, while Mercedes is still not sure how Hamilton lost to Vettel in the race.
Reports are suggesting that there may be issues with the VSC or a Virtual Safety Car during the race. Mercedes is said to be looking at a computer glitch which made them miscalculate Lewis Hamilton’s vulnerability to the VSC when Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari was extending his opening stint.
For those who aren’t that familiar with F1 racing, we at 777iGame will try to explain things in simpler terms. The VSC is a measure taken in races that is supposed to prescribe the speed of the drivers on the tracks. It does not, however, measure in the pit lane. In this race, the VSC period was called to help the marshalls get back Romain Grosjean’s Haas.
As much as racing is about how the driver can control his or her vehicle in high speeds, and successfully maneuvering the speeding car in different tracks, it also takes more than just the driver to ensure crossing the finish line first. In this case, Hamilton had an extra 3.4 second lead over Raikkonen prior to taking a pit stop on lap 17. At the end of the next lap, he was 8.2 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Vettel.
Each team measures the speed and momentum of their racers, as well as their opponents. They employ the use of software that can compute and anticipate their chances of gaining a lead, and when they can possibly do a pit stop without losing their rank. Mercedes motorsports’ boss Toto Wolff has suggested that the problem could be that their software did not correctly calculate the gaps between the racers in such a close race.
So with everyone in the team thinking that they had enough time to go for the pits and still maintain the lead, they went ahead and found themselves stunned as Ferrari quickly took the lead. Despite this, they still are in second place, so it’s not so bad, and it’s something the Mercedes team can easily catch up on in succeeding races. Well, we at 777iGame are looking forward to watching the next leg in the Bahrain GP on the first week of April. Here’s hoping Mercedes can get their algorithms right, and reclaim the top spot in the Formula 1 Grand Prix.