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The force of the F-1 car is shocking: after hitting the wall, the Mercedes did another 40 laps!

Date: June 18, 2024 Time: 11:32:55

The force of the F-1 car is shocking: after hitting the wall, the Mercedes did another 40 laps!

Dmitry Zakharchenko Jun 19, 2023 01:50 UTC Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Then, however, Russell’s car still overheated from the fight.

The Canadian Grand Prix ended with a sure victory for Max Verstappen: the Dutchman equaled the number of Formula 1 victories with Ayrton Senna and gave Red Bull its 100th victory in World Championship races.

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One of the highlights of the race was George Russell’s accident: until lap 12, the Brit stayed behind Alonso and Hamilton and was able to compete with them for the podium, but lost the rear of the car in the ski and flew against the wall. high speed.

It was painful to look at the car after the impact: the front wing was broken, the rear wheel barely dangled. However, Russell continued to race after the pit stop, was able to score points, retiring only with less than 20 laps to go to the finish line.

russell’s accident

The Briton went flying in several of turns eight and nine: he attacked the curb too deep, the rear end skidded and he crashed into the wall. This is quite a fast part of the track, the hit turned out to be very strong and yet Russell made it to the pits. There, the mechanics replaced the nose fairing and quickly fixed the rear wheel, and the Mercedes miraculously kept going! “I was surprised myself that the car survived,” George later admitted. “It’s a shame you ended up having to leave. But that’s our sport: one mistake and you’re out.”

Russell exit on lap 12

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Russell didn’t make it to the finish line, but after a pit stop on lap 12 he was still able to continue the race and even moved back into the top 10 on lap 36. At this point George had hit Albon and was first in the DRS engine behind the Williams. Russell was eighth and would have held the position even if he needed a second pit stop; that is exactly what happened to Esteban Ocon, who stayed behind the Mercedes.

The race finally ended for Russell on lap 54, when the engineer ordered him to return to the pits and shut off the engine. George believes that the technical problems are not related to him hitting the wall. “I’m pretty sure it’s because we’ve been driving in traffic for so long,” said the Englishman after the finish. “We did not plan to be in such a situation, we were not ready for it in terms of the brakes: after a certain oxidation threshold, it is no longer possible to restore their operation.”

Russell meeting in Montreal

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Russell’s words make sense (turns out the car isn’t that reliable), yet he ended up in traffic due to his own mistake, and his third in recent times. So, he was confused at the restart in Azerbaijan and ultimately lost two positions at once, then went flying on a wet track in Monaco and deprived the team of a podium finish. In addition, George is inferior to his partner in the classification for the third time in a row and allows Lewis to level the score, and in the general classification he is already losing 37 points.

Charles Leclerc also has problems:

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This was the third race that Mercedes entered with updated sidepods. The semi-rainy Monaco Grand Prix was not indicative, but already in Spain, both pilots of the German team were on the podium -this had never happened in the 2023 season-. Mercedes was asked not to jump to conclusions, however in Canada the W14 seemed confident, although Red Bull and Aston Martin were quicker, Ferrari and Alpin were now behind.

The Canadian track places unique demands on the brakes, which is why Russell eventually retired (his car withstood the wall collision safely!), and Hamilton didn’t drive to Alonso within striking distance. But two confident races in a row, with Mercedes on the podium, inspire optimism: the engineers are on the right track and will continue to improve. The main thing is that by the time the car is capable of fighting for more, both drivers were in top shape.

Hamilton ahead of Alonso and Leclerc

Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images

At the same time, it is too early for Mercedes to celebrate the successes: a third of the season is behind, and Hamilton and Russell barely overtook Aston Martin, which actually drags only Alonso (Fernando has 117 points against 37 for Stroll). At the same time, it’s important to note that Mercedes is a true factory team, while the Aston Martin team is more of a Lawrence Stroll private project, also using the exact same power plants.

As confident as Mercedes’ progress has been, it’s still hard to imagine Hamilton or Russell being able to challenge Verstappen for a Grand Prix victory in the foreseeable future. One can imagine that closer to the end of the season, when Red Bull, having secured the titles for themselves and Max, will spin the engine more carefully, and then the drivers of the German team will have some chance. But now Silver Arrows will be able to really get involved in the fight against Red Bull only next year. For starters, it would be nice to get ahead of Aston Martin.

From Canadian Grand Prix history:

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