Mercedes’ James Vowles says Lewis Hamilton is “frustrated that he had a very fast race car, and a podium was possible”, and provides an update on his car.
On lap 1 of the Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was attempting to overtake Fernando Alonso around the outside at Les Combes, which led to a collision between the two cars.
While Alonso was able to continue, Hamilton’s car was launched into the air and slammed down hard, which led to damage, and he was soon told by his team to retire.
Lewis later said that he was “grateful to be still alive and in shape”, because he ‘almost broke his back coming down’.
In Mercedes’ race debrief, Motorsport Strategy Director James Vowles provided an update on the Briton’s condition.
“It was a large, large impact,” Vowles said.
“It was measured at 45G on the SDR recorder in the car which is very big on a vertical load. He will be okay, he will be back in Zandvoort fighting.
“I think primarily for him he is frustrated, frustrated that he had a very fast race car, and a podium was possible but he, like all of us, are here to fight and continue moving forward.”
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After the race a Mercedes spokesperson said that Lewis’ power unit was back in Brixworth for inspection and added it was “definitely a concern”. Vowles provides an update.
“There are enough photos floating around the internet to show just how high the car was and how it landed and the impact was large.
“What we noticed almost immediately after the impact on the ground was a loss of coolant.
“You can actually see on the onboard of Alonso that coolant really just flying out towards him and then you started to see temperatures rise fairly quickly and that was the primary reason for stopping him on track.
“It will now take a few days to review all the components. Clearly there is going to be overloads to the suspension components and gearboxes.
“We need to make sure to understand the full extent of what’s required before Zandvoort,” the Briton concluded.