Steiner Predicts Someone Will ‘Make a Meal Out of’ Hamilton’s British GP Sim Theory

Published 07/22/2021, 9:18 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021 Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Having won his record-equaling seventh world championship in 2020, Lewis Hamilton entered this year on a high, hoping to clinch an eighth world championship. However, he found a thorn in his side this year, unlike ever before; he has a competitive opponent in the form of Max Verstappen this year, who has cemented himself as the points leader.

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As a result, Lewis has been doing things he doesn’t like, such as sitting on the simulator, in the hopes of getting the edge over his rival.

In fact, he admitted that he had been on the simulator before the British GP qualifying.

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“I was in the sim this morning, just using it as a practice session because it’s the first time we’ve ever had a morning free, just putting in the time trying to give absolutely everything and leaving no stone unturned,” Hamilton confessed.

“I wasn’t going to sit around and waste time…We did a practice session this morning on there, just trying to develop it and give the guys as much information as possible as we are developing the car.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during sprint qualifying REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

In the light of this news, Hass team principal, Guenther Steiner, feared maybe people will not like what Hamilton did. “It’s one race in the year and for sure somebody will make a meal out of it, so let’s wait what is coming out of it,” he said.

Steiner added, “I don’t know how much advantage you can get in the morning to go in the sim, not having been on the track before… But for sure it will get discussed in the future, this thing.”

The love-hate relationship of Lewis Hamilton with simulators

Many of the older drivers don’t enjoy sitting on the simulator. However, with the increasing competition, they have had to make compromises and get used to the highly advanced tech. But it’s only for their benefit, as the track models used in the sim are highly detailed and give the driver the experience of being on the track.

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Laser imaging creates a 3D map of the circuit, including track surface and curbs, and even the surrounding environment. The visual cues provided are important for the drivers to determine braking points and when to turn the car.

A lot of effort is spent on correlating the virtual model of the car to the actual car. This is because it’s important that the car can handle the simulator as it would in real life. This allows teams to run through set-up tweaks and changes to the car to see how the upgrades would affect balance and performance.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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