Allison Explains Why Mercedes Used Glue & Tape to Fix Hamilton’s Front Wing Instead of Replacing it

Published 07/22/2021, 6:12 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 20: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and James Allison, chief technical director of Mercedes-AMG F1 Team during the press conference at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 20, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/MB Media/Getty Images)


Championship rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton came together at the British Grand Prix. The contact took Red Bull driver Max Verstappen out of the race. While the Mercedes driver got to continue the race, he had to do so with damage to his front wing.

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In their new debrief video, James Allison, Chief Technical Director at Mercedes, explains why the team did not change Lewis’ front wing despite significant damage.

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Lewis’ front wing aerodynamically unaffected: Allison

James Allison explained that the German team used glue and tape on the front wing of Hamilton‘s car instead of replacing the whole front wing because “that was the easiest thing for us to do.

“The front wing, aerodynamically, was completely unaffected by the incident. All the bits that generate downforce and generate performance in the car, they were just puckered,” said the Mercedes Chief Technical Director.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 20: James Allison, chief technical director of Mercedes-AMG F1 Team at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 20, 2020, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/MB Media/Getty Images)

We knew very, very clearly what the balance of the car was with that wing, on that day. And we didn’t need to disturb the car in any way by putting a new front wing on, because the small manufacturing differences between the front wings might just give us slightly different balance,” said Allison.

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Mercedes technical director gives the team’s view on Hamilton’s penalty

As reported by Reuters, James Allison thought that penalty given to Lewis Hamilton was harsh. He and the German team felt it was a racing incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

As far as we were concerned, the maneuver that Lewis did was absolutely in line with the FIA’s overtaking guide.”

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Allison concluded by stating, “So I did feel that it was harsh to get the penalty. This is about what are the rules to do with overtaking and I didn’t see that Lewis did anything wrong with respect to those rules.”

The stewards gave Lewis a 10-second penalty but he went onto win the race despite that. Hamilton is now just eight points behind Verstappen in the title fight.

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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