Mercedes hails Hamilton for finishing with damaged car in Melbourne

London: Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton did a fantastic job in getting his damaged car to the finish of Formula One’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Mercedes’ chief strategist James Vowles said on Wednesday.

Hamilton started on pole position but finished second in Melbourne last Sunday after Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas seized the lead off the line and went on to win by 20 seconds.

Mercedes said after the race that part of the floor on Hamilton’s car was missing, with Vowles providing more detail on the team website.

«On inspection of Lewis’ car after the race, we noticed some damage over what we call the tyre seal area,» he said.




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