Lewis Hamilton Reveals Mercedes’ Solution to Brake Magic Button F1 Problem to Avoid Baku Repeat

Published 06/17/2021, 10:04 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel


Mercedes has found a temporary solution to their magic button situation. Lewis Hamilton made a rare mistake in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix when he went off in Turn 1 in the final laps of the race.

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The mistake cost him the race and also the championship lead. Mercedes has found a preventive measure ahead of the French Grand Prix.

According to Lewis, “We haven’t moved it [the button],” Hamilton said. “We’ve just put a shroud around it just to make sure that I can’t accidentally touch it in the future,” said Hamilton.

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Hamilton had described the incident as a ‘humbling experience’ of pushing the magic button to change the brake bias from front to rear breaks.

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I don’t even count it as a mistake: Hamilton

According to TheRace, Hamilton had dismissed the reports that suggested that Max Verstappen crashing out of the race contributed to the mistake. He also revealed that he does not feel any pressure in the title fight.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action at the start of the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

“Max wasn’t in the race at the time so it definitely wasn’t in the pressure from him,” he said. “And I don’t even count it as a mistake.

“I don’t feel any pressure, I feel pretty relaxed and you can’t always be perfect. A mistake is when you drive off the track through missing a braking point or hitting the wall. It was kind of an unforced error,” said Hamilton.

When asked about how the mistake has affected the team and his own mindset, “Unfortunately, it’s bitten us pretty hard but we learn from the experience and move forwards,” said Hamilton.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reacts after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Can Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes bounce back in France?

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Both Mercedes and Hamilton have lost championship leads to Red Bull and Max Verstappen, respectively. Red Bull comprehensively beat them in the streets of Baku and Monaco. Mercedes could only manage 6 points in the last 2 races.

But F1 is going to France next, where Mercedes have dominated in the previous visits in 2018 and 2019. Hamilton won both races easily. Since Paul Ricard is a traditional circuit, it should favor the reigning champions.

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