Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin talks about Lewis Hamilton losing his position to Max Verstappen and then regaining it several laps later.
A Safety Car was deployed early on in the Portuguese Grand Prix due to a crash between Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi. When the race was restarted Lewis Hamilton got jumped and overtaken by Max Verstappen for P2.
Several laps later Lewis regained his position when the Dutch driver made a small error. Mercedes’ Andrew Shovlin describes what went on in these moments.
“It’s funny, we never really know with Lewis because I think he was a bit frustrated with himself at the Safety Car restart,” Shovlin said after the race.
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“Then, a bit like last year, he seemed fairly calm and collected and wasn’t really talking to us at that point. And I don’t know how confident he was that he could retake the position.
“But the thing here was that you saw as soon as anyone has any kind of a moment in [Turn] 14, they become vulnerable and it is a relatively easy track to overtake.
“If you can get within seven tenths then you’re in with a shout, so it sort of felt like if he hadn’t done it at that time we would have had a few goes later on, and would have eventually made it through.
“But, for Lewis, he seemed pretty relaxed about dropping to that position,” concluded the Briton.