Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez collided on the first lap of the Japanese Grand Prix, which caused bits of Hamilton’s car to visibly come off.
This, however, did not seem to significantly affect Lewis’ performance in the race, and now when asked about this, Mercedes’ Head of Strategy Rosie Wait explained the extent of the damage.
“Thankfully nothing significant,” she said in the team’s post-race debrief video.
“He did lose some small bits from his car, but the performance wasn’t significantly affected and crucially the balance of the car.
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“So we didn’t need to adjust the strategy to compensate for that damage. More significant was the fact that both of our cars lost positions at the start after all that contact.
“We were already on the backfoot having qualified seventh and eighth, and we knew it was going to be a challenging race to get ahead of Ferrari, needing a few things to go our way.
“And the start certainly didn’t go our way,” Wait concluded.