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Mercedes simulator driver had 'alarm bells ringing' before Lewis Hamilton's horror weekend


“There’s a long way to go but I think the main point of it is they basically can’t run the car’s ride height where they want to. I’ve seen lots of other cars out there that can, take the Red Bull, it can scrape along the ground as it goes down the straight. They cannot get that car any lower to the ground due to the sparks.

“You don’t see that with the Mercedes, or the Ferrari, and you see a lot more bouncing on the car. The Mercedes wants to ideally run where the Red Bull is, but every time they try and go there the porpoising and bouncing gets unbelievably detrimental to the comfort in the car and the speed.

“The problem in Jeddah is because it is high speed that’s where the phenomenon starts – anything over 230kmh this porpoising begins, some of the corners are that fast. It’s not just happening on the straights, it’s happening within the corner as well and then the car becomes a bit of a bucking bronco and you can’t hang onto the thing.

“The problem for them is they have this potential in the car. They know it can be much quicker, but they can’t run it where they want to.”



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