Sport Mercedes chief Andrew Shovlin gives team clear objective for Lewis Hamilton's car
Why Mercedes' right of review into Verstappen's Brazil F1 driving was denied
The Sao Paulo Grand Prix Formula 1 stewards denied Mercedes a right of review into Max Verstappen’s driving because they did not feel the new footage was sufficiently significant.Mercedes' decision to make an appeal to try and get the Interlagos stewards to look at the incident at the track's Turn 4 left-hander during the latter stages of last weekend's race, which Hamilton went on to win with a successful later pass at the same corner, came about after it was able to see the forward-facing onboard camera footage from Verstappen's car for the first time.
Mercedes chief Andrew Shovlin has issued a clear objective for Lewis Hamilton's car. The Briton currently trails his arch-rival Max Verstappen by eight points in the drivers' standings with two races of the season remaining after dominant displays in Brazil and Qatar.
Hamilton appears to have saved his best form for the business end of the season and cruised to victory in South America and the Middle East to cut Verstappen's lead at the top of the standings.
The Mercedes driver has now won seven races this year, while Verstappen has won nine.
Hamilton has the momentum and the title race is likely to go down to the wire as the superstar drivers battle for top spot.
Mercedes to fit Hamilton's car with Brazil power unit for Saudi Arabia
Mercedes has revealed Lewis Hamilton will use his fresher Formula 1 engine from Brazil for the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix to aid his 2021 title bid. Hamilton closed to within eight points of championship leader Max Verstappen with a dominant victory in Qatar, despite reverting back to his older-spec power unit. The seven-time world champion took a five-place grid penalty at Interlagos after fitting a fifth ICE of the season, and will use the engine again for Saudi’s high-speed layout. As Hamilton’s title aspirations gain momentum following back-to-back wins, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said the team would get its “spicy equipment out” for the next encounter.
As we arrive at the conclusion of what has been a spectacular season, the Silver Arrows' trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin stressed the importance of the team doing their job and putting Hamilton in a position to keep winning.
"It's as simple as that. Lewis has to win both races and it's good to have that clarity in the objectives," he told Sky Sports.
"We engineer a car that can get on pole - that is the fastest thing in a race that is what we need to do overnight. If we give that car to Lewis, he can do the job."
If Hamilton can land the title this season, he will move one clear of Michael Schumacher at the top of the all-time F1 title standings.
Jenson Button gives Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen title verdict before final two races
Jenson Button gives title verdict ahead of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.After a dominant display during a penalty-riddled Sao Paulo Grand Prix weekend, Hamilton stormed to victory from tenth on the grid in Interlagos and followed that fine performance with another win in Qatar to reduce Verstappen's lead to eight points with two races remaining.
Both drivers have currently won seven championships, but Hamilton will be desperate to claim the record by leapfrogging his nemesis Verstappen.
On the other hand, the Dutchman could wrap the title up this weekend if he finishes in the top two and Hamilton falters.
In other news, Mercedes were in the news for the wrong reasons this week over a new sponsorship deal.
Mercedes have joined forces with insulation company Kingspan, whose K15 insulation was used on Grenfell Tower, which devastatingly caught fire in 2017 killing 72 people after it was coated in flammable material.
Many have condemned the move and Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff issued a statement on the controversial deal, stating Kingspan played no role in the design or construction of the cladding system on Grenfell Tower.
Max Verstappen's downfall 'draws energy away from the track' in Lewis Hamilton fight
MAX VERSTAPPEN'S lead has been eroded by Lewis Hamilton's incredible form over the last two races, and he faces a huge challenge with his opponent enjoying all the momentum.Verstappen seemed to have put a sizeable gap between himself and the seven-time world champion with wins in the USA and Mexico, before adding two more points in the Sao Paulo Sprint Qualifying session.
"The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire was beyond imaginable to me, and it should never happened," said Wolff in an open letter to survivors' group Grenfell United.
"On behalf of our team, I would sincerely like to apologise to you for the additional hurt that this announcement has caused. It was never our intention to do so.
"A small percentage of their product was used as a substitute without their knowledge in part of the system which was not compliant with building regulations and was unsafe.
"I know that this does not change in any way the awful tragedy you suffered, or the deep and ongoing pain felt in your community, and I would like to thank Grenfell United for the offer to meet in person for me to learn and understand better."
Lewis Hamilton was left seething as he branded Sebastian Vettel a 'disgrace' .
LEWIS HAMILTON was left seething at Sebastian Vettel, branding him a "disgrace" for driving into the side of his car four years ago.The two stars haven't seen eye-to-eye this season, however.