Hamilton: “Floor Damage Costing Me A Good Couple Of Tenths” as he revealed that the floor of the racing ground cost him some tenths during the formula one race
Lewis Hamilton says the extensive floor damage he suffered in the Mexican Grand Prix left him unable to attack as much as he wanted to and cost him several tenths per lap.
The Mercedes driver suffered a broken floor in a chaotic first lap at Mexico City, as the right side of his car was struck by Max Verstappen’s left rear wheel as they battled for position through Turn 1.
Hamilton could not see the damage when driving, but having felt a big difference in the car’s handling he made sure to check it out straight after the race.
As can be seen in the above photograph, the damage is to the vertical slots alongside the edge of the floor, along with the diagonal ones.
These let the airflow moving over the top of the floor spill outwards to build a seal to the floor, stopping any dirty air from leaking in and disrupting diffuser performance. With that damage, one half of the diffuser would have been working harder than the other, meaning the aero balance would have shifted towards one side of the car.
And the driver of the car Lewis Hamilton said he could not see the damage when driving, but having felt a big difference in the car’s handling he made sure to check it out straight after the race.
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