Lewis Hamilton still has to settle for second place in the overall standings after leading for years, with extremely rare breaks. The stupid reason why the seven-time world champion finished the race in Azerbaijan in an incredible 15th place.
After the failure in Monaco, everyone expected to see a return of those who took the title at Constructors seven years in a row. And with Lewis Hamilton in second place at the restart, in the 50th lap, Mercedes fans were optimistic. Before the first turn, the Briton passed the leader Sergio Perez, but instead of turning left, he went ahead, off the route.
It was the moment when the hopes of the speakers were shattered. “Did I press the magic button?” Lewis asked his racing engineer, Pete Bonnington.
“Yes, it seems he was pressed again,” Bonno replied.
“I could swear I stopped him,” came Hamilton’s reply.
His efforts to regain lost positions were completely futile on the Baku street circuit. So he finished in 16th place. Mercedes did not score in Azerbaijan. Hamilton’s colleague Valtteri Bottas finished 12th.
What is the “magic button” that Lewis Hamilton accidentally pressed in Azerbaijan?
This is a setting used by Mercedes when cars are driving behind the Safety Car. It aims to warm the brakes by changing the settings used during the race.
After the accident that knocked Max Verstappen out of the race and leaving the Safety Car on the circuit, Lewis pressed that button. But it forgot to disable the restart function. Thus, after overtaking Sergio Perez, the British driver was simply left without brakes.
The Red Bull driver, Sergio Perez, thus obtained his second victory in Formula 1. He returned to the podium after a long absence Sebastian Vettel from Aston Martin. Pierre Gasley of AlphaTauri finished 3rd.
The overall standings are still led by Max Verstappen. But because the Dutchman did not get any points in Baku, Lewis Hamilton is still 4 points behind him.
Source: Promotor by www.promotor.ro.
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