Australian Grand Prix – The car being driven by Lewis Hamilton in Melbourne was suffering from floor damage, Mercedes reveal.
The reigning constructors’ champions have confirmed that Hamilton had been suffering from floor damage for at least some part of the Australian Grand Prix.
The Briton had taken pole position for the season-opener, but was overtaken by team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the start of the race.
He was then unable to compete with Bottas’ pace, and dropped to over twenty seconds behind his team-mate.
Hamilton’s race then became a battle to fend off Max Verstappen, who caught up to the Mercedes when equipped with much fresher tyres.
He held on for second place, but Bottas claimed the win and the fastest lap bonus point.
With the teams having had time to look at the cars after the race, a message from the Mercedes team read:
“We have discovered damage to Lewis’ floor in the area just in front of the left-rear tyre. There is a chunk of floor missing, but we are not 100 per cent sure why yet.”