June 05, 2015
After Berndt gave the car a rest, Mercedes had a great idea. Their thinking went something like this: "Just in case it rains on Sunday, which it isn't supposed to do but the possibility exists that it could, let's send Nico and Lewis out on Intermediate tires to try and get some data. It'll be fun!" Meanwhile, everybody else kept their cars under cover, snug and dry. So how did Mercedes' fun-filled adventure go?
Ah. Yes. Heading into the Hairpin at less-than-racing speed, Lewis realized that he wasn't so much driving a car as riding in a boat. The car was aquaplaning so badly that you could actually see that the front tires weren't making contact with the track surface. Remember what I said about grip levels being reduced in that situation? The car slid all the way into the barriers on the outside of the Hairpin, which is quite the journey. I can't remember the last time I saw someone end up there... not even Robert Kubica made it that far. Anyway, the good news was that the impact was at quite low speed and Lewis was unhurt. The bad news was that the nose got stuck in the tire barrier. The ugly news is that, when the tractor pulled the Merc free, the car swung back and smacked into the big green chunk of machinery. Who knows what sort of damage that did to the rear of the car? Of course, the session was red-flagged during all of this, and once it was over with, none of the other teams thought it was worth going back out. Or they were all laughing themselves sick, one of the two.
Quals in the afternoon tomorrow; I'll be having lunch with the folks, so I won't have the post until after I get back. See ya then!
Posted by: Ben at June 05, 2015 03:09 PM (nMj2X)
Posted by: Wonderduck at June 05, 2015 04:14 PM (jGQR+)
Posted by: Ben at June 05, 2015 04:43 PM (nMj2X)
*sporfle* Nicely put, sir.
Posted by: GreyDuck at June 05, 2015 07:03 PM (/zxpg)
Posted by: Mauser at June 06, 2015 03:02 AM (TJ7ih)
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