After the start of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix last week, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso made contact within a minute of lights out.
Lewis Hamilton started the race from P6, and Fernando Alonso followed up from P11. After going into turn one, all the cars came very close, and going into turn two, Alonso’s front right collided with Hamilton’s rear left.
The moment this happened, Hamilton informed his team, “I’ve been hit from behind,” he said. His team responded by saying that there is no damage and he should continue.
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Although the British sounded worried, engineers assured him that nothing was wrong with the car, and he can carry on with the race, and so was the case with Fernando Alonso.
It sound weird that Lewis Hamilton, who won the 2020 British GP with a punctured tyre, sounded so worried with just a little incident; but it makes sense if we map his progress in the races this season after Mercedes having to face so many issues with the W13 of Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes assured that the car was perfectly okay for Hamilton to carry on.
Soon after the incident, Mercedes ensured that the car was in good shape to carry on for the race, and Hamilton was informed about it.
“The contact was wheel to wheel and as always, we have lots of engineers looking at the data that is pouring off the car, so the aerodynamicists are looking at pressure taps on the floors and wings, they are looking at the push-rod loads and our chief engineer will be looking at all the other suspension loads and making sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing.
“So we can very quickly tell whether there is an issue with the car and there was no issue to find,” said Mike Elliot, the team’s technical director, as quoted by PlanetF1.
Hamilton finished P6 in the race, with tough strategy calls and the safety car; although it was the same safety car that helped his teammate George Russell go from P12 on the starting grid to finishing the line on P5.
Lewis Hamilton currently stands 6th in the championship with 36 points, and Mercedes stand 3rd in the constructors’ with 95 points.