Lewis Hamilton makes a U-turn as Mercedes cuts Red Bull’s lead in the Formula One title race in half.
Toto Wolff has revealed something interesting ahead of the rest of the season.
Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team chief, has disclosed that Lewis Hamilton has changed his mind about using the simulator. During his tight title struggle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, the seven-time Formula One world champion is beginning to understand the benefits of Mercedes’ simulator.
Hamilton informed veteran Formula One driver Martin Brundle earlier this season that he had little interest in training on the simulator.
“I hardly ever drive on the simulator,” he remarked. I think I do about 20 laps a year. I’m not interested in using the simulator.”
However, before last weekend’s British Grand Prix, Hamilton spent Tuesday and Friday mornings in Brackley working in Mercedes’ simulator.
After winning his first race since the Spanish Grand Prix in May at Silverstone, Wolff said Hamilton is now appreciating “every single marginal improvement” the simulator provides.
“Yes, in the past, the simulator wasn’t his favorite tool,” Wolff admitted.
“However, I believe we’ve progressed to a point where it’s fairly fantastic, and we’ve made it the best in class, and he’s begun to understand the benefits of it.
“This struggle is so intense that you have to seize every single advantage you can get.
“That’s why, with the help of the simulator, we’ve progressed together to have a deeper understanding of the car.”
Hamilton is now only one win and eight points behind Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship after the British Grand Prix.
Meanwhile, Mercedes is only four points behind Red Bull in the Constructors’ standings after outscoring their title rivals 43 to three last time out.
Wolff has encouraged Mercedes supporters ahead of the rest of the season by declaring that the team has now halved the pace gap on Red Bull after bringing their final significant improvement package of the year to Silverstone.
“The upgrades weren’t significant, but when added together, they can make a difference,” he explained.
“I think we’re still a touch behind in terms of performance, no doubt. I believe it would have been very similar at racing speed.
“However, in terms of performance, we were able to cut the deficit [to Red Bull]in half.
“All you have to do is mobilize your entire arsenal of weapons, and that’s exactly what [Lewis] is doing as a driver and what we’re doing as a team.
“It’ll be more difficult.” Brinkwire Summary News