Hamilton “struggling” with brakes

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he is lagging behind Nico Rosberg because he is “struggling” with the brakes on his Mercedes.


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Lewis’ issues may take time – Brawn (ESPN)

“It’s been this way since the first race and even in winter testing I was struggling. The set-up I have on the car in terms of brake cylinders and the steering wheel is very different to what I had before. I was very comfortable after being there [at McLaren] for years and I was used to it being always the same. That’s been a slight weakness for me this year in the first few races and particularly in the last three I’ve been pretty poor. This one was one of the toughest for me so far.”

Lewis has brakes on (Sky)

“Hamilton prefers the combination of stopping power and pedal feel of the Carbone Industrie discs over those of the more common Brembos. The Brembos are said to give more feedback through the pedal, allowing easier modulation. But Lewis found at McLaren that with the right size and design of brake master cylinder, he could get the modulation he needs together with the higher braking power of the Carbone Industrie discs. He has been struggling to get that same combination at Mercedes.”

Pirelli future won’t hinge on test row (Autosport)

Christian Horner: “Yes, they have pushed the boundaries with the product and they know they need to pull that back a little bit, but the issue is not with Pirelli. The issue is with the way this whole thing has been handled and conducted, and that is the disappointing thing.”

F1 backers feel the heat, as communities oppose plans (Bangkok Post)

“Residents of 20 communities, including Phrang Puthorn, held a meeting on Monday, angered by reports the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) and the Tourism and Sports Ministry will apply to host a Formula One event on the streets of Bangkok in 2015.”

Monaco GP on NBC is most-watched F1 race in U.S. since 2007 (NBC)

“NBC?s live broadcast of the Monaco Grand Prix this past Sunday morning was watched by nearly 1.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched Formula One race on U.S. television in six years, and up 241% vs. last year?s race, which aired on SPEED, according to Fast National data provided today by the The Nielsen Company.”

Cutaway Insights – Episode 6: GPS Transmitter (Sauber via YouTube)

Behind the scenes of an FIA Formula One crash test (FIA)

“On impact the front of the nose cone explodes in a cloud of carbon-fibre, the first few hundred millimetres reduced to a scattering of razor sharp shards on the floor. However, the rear section has retained its integrity and all the energy has been dissipated by the collapse of the tip of the nose.”

The Finishing Line – with Sauber?s Nico Hulkenberg (F1)

“The most memorable overtaking move of my career was…
NH: Not quite sure, but overtaking Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean in one move at Korea in 2012 was good.”

Dominance and controversy (True Racing)

“Rudolf Caracciola did not complain about Von Brauchitsch disobeying team orders, but their friendship did suffer. For Mercedes, it was the latest cause for friction between drivers, as allegedly Von Brauchitsch and Caracciola had agreed to work as a team against Hermann Lang, the ‘poor guy’ who had started out at Mercedes as a humble mechanic.”


Comment of the day

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I???m so tired of tyres talk that I don???t want to listen or read about tyres anymore. Not even the tyres on my own car.

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On this day in F1

Bill Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500, which counted towards the world championship. On a searingly hot day several drivers handed their cars over mid-race.

Among them was Carl Scarborough, who stopped after 80 laps and later succumbed to heat exhaustion. He was the second fatality of the event: Chet Miller had died earlier in the month during pre-race practice.

Here’s a short recap of the race. This was the second round of the 1953 championship which had begun in Argentina over four months earlier:

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62 comments on Hamilton “struggling” with brakes

  1. Sherlock said on 30th May 2013, 8:15

    So the might of (allegedly) one of the greatest talents in todays F1 dissipiates if his car has different brand of brakes?

    Maybe he drives best when it’s tuesdays,full moon and +22 too?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 30th May 2013, 10:08

      Its not about

      the might of (allegedly) one of the greatest talents in todays F1 dissipiates

      Sherlock, its about not being able to get the absolute maximum out of the car, and on the competitive grid we have, that immediately means it shows.

      Remember F1 is about fractions of seconds, and the small things matter at the absolute top.

    • Nigel Bates (@nigel1) said on 30th May 2013, 10:57

      Consider how long it took Lotus to get their steering set up to Raikkonen’s satisfaction last year, and what happened at Monaco in 2012:
      “As has been well-reported, Kimi made a single out-lap in Thursday morning practice at Monaco, came in, declared that the car was undriveable with this steering, almost totally devoid of feedback. Re-fitting the conventional system is a 1.5-hour job and he was asked to consider running the session with it as it was, so that the standard system could be fitted in between sessions. He refused and took no further part in that session – the only one in which extended dry track running could have been made, as it turned out. With the afternoon session rained out, the team was sorely bereft of useful tyre data.”

      What might seem minor details to us are clearly quite important even to world champions.
      Note also that Hamilton was only a tenth of Rosberg’s pace in Q3 after being over half a second slower for pretty well the whole of practice.

      • Sherlock said on 30th May 2013, 11:48

        Well i understand about Raikonen, but from this site it means such godlike drivers – Hamilton, Alonso and Vettel are impervious to brake disks or whatever – they excel in cars even when not driving.

        Not like “rude” Raikonen, “old” Webber, “whiny” Button, “crazy” Grosjean and bunch of Satans grandchildren pay-per-drive drivers.

        • Aced (@aced) said on 30th May 2013, 12:21

          There seems to be a general consensus among F1 fans that some drivers can actually “outperform” their cars. That’s just not physically possible. There are things that presumably can and do defy the laws of physics but this is just not such a case.

          However, you can still theoretically drive a car to its limit. Although that’s a very hard thing to do in practice(and that limit changes and depends on a LOT of things) it still is very much possible.
          Now if you have confidence in the car that you’re driving, basically trusting the car will behave the way you expect it to makes that a lot easier. It can just so happen that you will hit those sweet spots even if you don’t have that confidence but that makes it tremendously hard to do so on a consistent manner.

          So, on the contrary, I think Hamilton actually deserves a lot more praise than he’s been getting for his performances. Because trusting your car under braking is probably the most crucial thing when it comes to setting a fast lap. Especially somewhere like Monaco and he got it within a tenth of his teammate when it mattered. That is badass!

      • anon said on 30th May 2013, 16:19

        Kimi has always been a driver that needs everyone just right for him to perform at a high level. This is a guy that got beat fair and square by Massa in 2008 and there wasn’t much in it in 2007. When he went to Ferrari he became the highest paid athlete in the world and was considered the best driver on the grid, but was soon gone because he couldn’t put away Massa on about 1/5 the pay.

  2. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 30th May 2013, 8:48

    Maybe they should try swapping the left and right brakes…?

    Hope they get him sorted though – next year I’d imagine there’ll be more adventures with brake feel, if there’s increased harvesting and power boosts going on.

  3. Jason (@jason12) said on 30th May 2013, 11:21

    Hamilton believes the problem is not a communication issue with his engineers, but rather something he has to find himself

    Give it time Lewis, you’ll be at your best soon enough….

  4. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 30th May 2013, 11:23

    Hamilton has a different excuse/reason every round. Suck it up Lewis, you are being beaten by Nico.

    • sonia luff (@sonia54) said on 30th May 2013, 20:20

      Personally it’s no different to driving other cars. I drive all sorts of cars and they all have different brakes, you get used to it same as clutch bites differ unless driving automatics. He’s always got some excuse or Tweets when he’s getting beat

  5. Dan Brown (@danbrown180) said on 30th May 2013, 11:24

    Love how blasé they are in that Indy 500. He speaks about Carl Scarborough’s death like it’s an after thought, and drivers are dragging themselves out of the cars and just collapsing.

  6. anon said on 30th May 2013, 16:41

    Here come the litany of excuses from Hamilton. Funny how they come out now that his teammate is dominating him and not for instance after the Melbourne race — when I assume he would have been struggling even more with the car since he had many less miles on the clock at Mercedes. Nope, the excuses come out now. Everything was hunky dory after Melbourne with his sleeve tattoo, pet poodle and Mercedes letting him rebel and not making him wear the sponsors cap.

    So if Hamilton is still behind Rosberg after he gets his brakes sorted what will be the excuse then? What’s F1 coming to? Many touted Hamilton as the best driver in the field when Mercedes sign him and imo he would have won the championship last year if his car was reliable. A driver of this caliber at the peak of his powers should be able to adjust to whatever he’s given.

    I think Hamilton’s too hard on the tyres like in 2011 and takes too long to figure them out compared to a Vettel or Rosberg.

    Everyone thought Hamilton and Alonso were the new Senna and Prost six years ago, but they’re more and more looking like the new Villeneuve and Hill.

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