Shovlin: If not for the red flags, Lewis could have got off

After a collision between Hamilton and Verstappen on the first lap of the British Grand Prix, the race was suspended with red flags. According to Mercedes chief racing engineer Andrew Shovlin, this saved Lewis from retirement at the home stage.

Andrew Shovlin: “Lewis damaged the rim of the front left wheel at the point where the contact occurred, so if it were not for the red flags, everything would have ended in disaster for him. But the rest of the damage was minor – the tire temperature sensor mount broke, so it dangled on its own. But curiously, this is the least important element of the front wing, and only he broke.

We believe that Lewis was punished unfairly. If you look at the manual that stewards use to determine who exactly made the mistake when overtaking, Lewis caught up with Max enough that we thought Verstappen should have left the spot.

If you remember the sprint or even the first lap of the main race, Lewis constantly had to slow down to avoid collisions. And at that moment he positioned the car so that he could stand on his own. Max is piloting so aggressively that sooner or later he would have had an accident. We are happy with Lewis’s work and a little upset by his penalty, but it’s great that he won the race.

During the race, our strategists made predictions, and according to their calculations, Lewis had to catch up with Charles Leclair two laps before the finish. Usually, after five laps in attack mode, the rubber begins to lose efficiency, but Lewis did not slow down, maintaining an eight-tenth advantage over Charles on each lap, and the balance was fine with him.

By the voice of Lewis on the radio, you can catch when he is mentally sure that today he will succeed. It’s great to sit in the pit wall and just watch the last stretch. It was a great win and Lewis deserved it. “

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