Ex-Mercedes F1 Engineer Recalls When Lewis Hamilton Spotted a ‘Stupid’ Error in Their Simulator

Published 07/09/2021, 9:31 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton arrives at the circuit ahead of practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is in an intense championship battle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen this season. He is currently trailing the Dutchman by 32 points after 9 races.

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In order to rectify his mistakes and gain more knowledge, Hamilton has started working on the simulator at Brackley. Interestingly, the Mercedes driver is a long-time skeptic of simulator driving. He has stated on many occasions that he does not enjoy doing simulator work.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

But it looks the championship fight with Max has forced the 7-time world champion to work a little harder. But according to former Mercedes engineer Philipp Brändle, Hamilton is working very closely in the simulator.

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It’s getting better and better: Brandle on Hamilton’s simulator drives

As reported by Motorsport-total, Hamilton did simulator work before the Austrian Grand Prix. Although he did not enjoy it, he pointed out some errors to improve the technology.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during qualifying REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

“Lewis was there at some point, and just drove, and then reeled off his simulator drives, which he usually doesn’t really enjoy doing. Never before, now it’s getting better and better,” said Brändle. [Quotes translated by Google Translate]

“At some point, he actually did a lap and then said: ‘Something doesn’t fit there, something is a bit stupid, something is wrong. Then they actually looked and looked at video and image material from the right racetrack and actually found out that a brake shield was missing.

Based on the environment in the simulator, he was able to say: ‘There is a shield missing.’ It was some kind of advertising sign, not a brake sign. “ said the former Mercedes engineer on Hamilton’s eye for detail.

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Can Lewis Hamilton win his 8th title in F1?

Hamilton has signed a new two-year deal with Mercedes last week. The deal will see him racing with the German team till the end of the 2023 season. The British driver is a 7-time world champion and this year he is going for his 8th title.

But even if he cannot win it this season, he will have two more years to mount a challenge. Mercedes will still be a top team come next year which will allow Hamilton to go for title no.8.

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Can the simulator work help Hamilton? Comment below to let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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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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