“Can’t do it again,” Mercedes took driver discomfort too far, says James Vowel



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“Can’t do it again,” Mercedes took driver discomfort too far, says James Vowel

Expressing deep discontent over Mercedes constructor team’s failure to fix an upscaled bumpiness while driving at a higher speed, the F1 team’s motorsport strategy director James Vowel said in an interview late on Wednesday that many Formula One teams put their drivers on “significant discomfort” during Baku Grand Prix weekend and Mercedes, in particular, must “make sure this does not carry on”.

Even as Mercedes engineers are having a tough time to develop a car that could be as smooth as Ferrari and as fast as Red Bull while maintaining precision and speed, the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton had branded Baku GP as the most painful racing experience in his entire career.

Besides, Hamilton also added that a complete lack of comfort while driving could have prevented him from finishing the race, or even he could have crashed due to the car’s instability.

Mercedes’ Vowels says the cars’ bumpiness must not continue

Meanwhile, addressing to a question on Hamilton’s situation in Baku Grand Prix, Vowels was quoted sayings that the pain and sufferings both Mercedes drivers, Hamilton and Russel, had to endure, could be due to their cars’ custom set-up that initially showed an utmost promise in Monaco GP.

Adding that their experiences are not acceptable, Mercedes’ Vowels said, “I am pleased to report that Lewis is here this morning, I spent a few hours with him and he is OK, he will be back in the car in Montreal.

He is an elite athlete that will push the bounds of endurance of himself and the car and that’s what Formula 1 drivers do, that’s what makes them exceptional. On this occasion, though we pushed the package and our drivers too far, we are putting them into significant discomfort and we simply can’t do that again”.