F1 » Mercedes forced into early finish

Mercedes is forced to bring its programme to an early end on day one of running in Jerez after an electrical issue hits Nico Rosberg's first run in the new F1 W04

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Zelda - Unregistered

February 05, 2013 8:25 PM

I see the LH infantile crowd gathers!
It will be interesting to see the start LH gets off too?
Some engine mapping, hours and laps in the cockpit and a quick marker to boot.
I think that's way too much to ask for.
Just a car that actually gets around will be cool.
Given that, I at least expect LH's undoubted driving talent to start to put his stamp down.
I'm looking forward to Brawn getting Mercedes flying with any luck.

David Chaste - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 12:02 AM

Well all the engine suppliers have to start working on the new car. Because the engines are part of the suspension (stressed members), they have to figure out the engine blueprint by the end of this season and give it to their customer teams so they could design their suspension geometry.

Michael Fornarina - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 12:28 AM

@Jenson Button team leader -- it sounds to me as if you do not want Hamilton to get quality seat time.. as you are clearly rooting for JB it's understandable., but honestly Hamilton needs the seat time much more than Rosberg does as this car is an evolution of last years (Nico familiar)-- Hamilton says that he must come to grips with all of the switches, buttons and wing-dings on the Merc W04 as well as very different Mercedes terminology and procedures.. I hate to call you out.. but I think you not wanting LH in the car is from a dishonest standpoint. Lew is a threat to Button even in a much slower car, we all know that. dude I get it.

Devilsadvocate - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 1:12 AM

Michael... I think if I got paid a few mil to drive racecars I would probably show up on the first day with all the switches and buttons and blinky lights memorized but that's just me. Lewis may not think that is so important. It's much easier to just have an excuse and set expectations low I guess..

Jarvissimo - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 1:19 AM

Hamilton says that he must come to grips with all of the switches, buttons and wing-dings on the Merc W04 as well as very different Mercedes terminology and procedures..

That is one of the reasons why the teams have SIMULATORS
he should be fully conversant BEFORE he gets into the actual car... if not its poor driver preparation.

David Chaste - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 1:33 AM

Nico knows all the team's and the car's workings, but he still gets seat time. So it's only fair that Lewis gets seat time as well. Whether he knows the team's working or not it only makes sense that he gets seat time in the car.

Nico has been driving the car for 3 years now. Testing is only about 3 days, as a new guy in a team wouldn't you want your 3 days of testing to find your comfort level, and learn the on track setup. Simulators just can't replicate the actual track.

Besides Nico already drove the car during the launch day event to do the initial shake down.

David Chaste - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 1:36 AM

Someone disagreed with my previous comment about engines and the new car. They must know it all

Mind you this is what Ross Brawn said himself, and Ferrari have said something similar to that.

Michael Fornarina - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 6:04 AM

Disagreeing with your engine comment was quite silly as the 2014 rules are so different that no team will have an 'evolution' of this years car they will all be new cars -so much so, that Ferrari has split the F1 development team in two and 1 team working on 2013 car will second team working on 2014 car. Also disagreeing with my comments and Hamilton's on comments re W04 and instead believing that Simulator gives same preparation and knowledge equal to actually driving the car and working with the team in real time is equally infantile --and shows poor preparation for being an F1 fan lol.

sokudo - Unregistered

February 06, 2013 10:03 AM

Not such a good start to day 2 either for Mercedes. Hamilton's binned it. No idea whether it was an issue or driver error but the apparent tyre marks on the track and Ted Kravitz saying Hamilton had been giving it the beans into turn 1 says he was just driving over the limit.

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