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"Mercedes has done something with Lewis Hamilton's engine that could be decisive in the Formula One title fight" - F1journaal.be

“Mercedes has done something with Lewis Hamilton’s engine that could be decisive in the Formula One title fight” – F1journaal.be

According to the Italian branch of ‘Motorsport.com’, Mercedes has boosted Lewis Hamilton’s engine with an innovative move so much that he has a huge advantage over Max Verstappen, not only in Brazil but also for the rest of the season.

Every driver has to finish the Formula 1 season with three engines, which is almost impossible when you know there are 22 races on the calendar this season. This is also evidenced by the fact that more than three-quarters of F1 drivers have already exceeded the maximum number of copies and thus incurred at least one grid penalty.

At Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas has already received several penalty kicks as a result, and Lewis Hamilton has also had his second grid penalty in Brazil. Just like in Turkey, Hamilton got a new internal combustion engine, but this time it looks like Mercedes has pulled something out of its hat.

Hamilton beat the “mini-pole” of the sprint race with some ease on Friday. Initially, the attack with the back wing that helped him at that best time was still considered. However, Hamilton was disqualified and had to start his last sprint race on the grid.

From P20 Hamilton was able to climb up to P5 again with great ease. It is noteworthy that Hamilton’s top speed during the sprint was not lower than 339 km / h. More than his teammate Valtteri Bottas (303.2 km/h) and Max Verstappen (317.3 km/h).

Of course, the above numbers can be slightly affected by whether or not you’re using a DRS and a car leaning in front, but the truth is that even then, Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes engine feels more powerful and makes a definite difference on the straights. .

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It would also explain why Hamilton is so fast in qualifying, the sprint and the Grand Prix himself. But why is the Mercedes engine so much better in Hamilton?

According to the Italian branch of “Motorsport.com”, Mercedes chief engineer Heuel Thomas is said to have developed a special version of the Mercedes engine that has a lifespan of only 2,500 kilometers, while the engine usually needs about 7,000 kilometers. . go along.

However, that would be enough to complete the last four weekend races of the season with an extra powerful engine, thus giving Hamilton an important advantage over Max Verstappen in his Red Bull F1 car.

At Mercedes, they would have ensured an increase in the engine’s turbo as well as pressure in the combustion chamber by replacing the internal combustion engine. This would have provided at least 15 more horsepower, and horsepower that served Lewis Hamilton well not only during the catch-up race in Brazil, but also during the remaining three races of the season.

Or how Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes suddenly got an extra trump card in their world title battle because of a skill…