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For the second successive race running, both Mecedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have endured botched starts to their races.
In Silverstone both were able to recover their respected positions later through strategy, poor calls from Williams and changing weather conditions.
However at yesterday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, they were not so fortunate. Both drivers were overtaken at the start by the fast starting Ferrari pair of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
Sebastian Vettel went on to secure his and Ferrari’s second race win of the season.
This has been an inherent problem for Mercedes dating back to the Spanish Grand Prix when second place man Lewis Hamilton was passed by Sebastian Vettel before he made it to turn one and was fortunate not to lose second to the Williams of Valteri Bottas.
A change from the 2014 to the new 2015 clutch along with software issues were highlighted as the reasons behind the poor start.
Speaking yesterday after the post race interview with Mercedes team principle Toto Wolf, he was asked as to the reasons behind the teams poor starts lately:
“Yep, it was a botched start – and that was the second time in a row! We had a lot of wheel-spin – and that we didn’t have at the pre-start. Now we have to analyse why that all happened.”
With the change in regulations relating to banning of pit wall assistance at race starts from the Belgian Grand Prix onwards, TJ13 revealed during their podcast that Mercedes were in fact practicing the new start procedures in anticipation of the changes.
This was also a question asked of Toto Wolf, to which he replied:
“Yes, we’ve been practising Spa-starts on Friday. Probably we’ve traded the future for the present. You always should live in your time – we’ve probably that experienced today.”
Given the clear advantage which they currently hold over their competitors, Mercedes could be seen to have become somewhat complacent and cocky by choosing to spend more time perfecting their race starts in anticipation for the regulation changes.
But if the same problem raises its head yet again come Spa, then clearly Mercedes has an issue that should be of grave concern to them and unlike Williams at Silverstone, Ferrari will be looking to take advantage of any such mishaps.