With a difference of more than 0.450 seconds to Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton was able to conquer pole position for the Grand Prix of Qatar last weekend. At Mercedes, people did not expect that the gap between Hamilton and its major Red Bull competitor would be so large, Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin tells, among others, after the Grand Prix of Qatar. RacingNews365.
“From Saturday it seemed that Lewis had everything under control. It is very difficult to predict how big the gap will be. In any case, we never expected it to be 0.450 seconds. His first corner was good and from that point on point he was just in a flow Lewis is really sitting in the zone at the time.”
“We can run our simulations on it, but it’s inexplicable why he was so far ahead of Max. The bottom line is that Lewis just dug really deep and did what had to be done.”
Hamilton explains the difference
According to the Mercedes driver himself, he and his team have taken small steps throughout the year in terms of setting up the car. “Over the course of the year we understand the car better and better. We are able to squeeze more performance out of it without coming up with new upgrades,” he explains.
“Obviously we haven’t had any updates since Silverstone, so it’s phenomenal to see the small improvements. The two cars are close together, so it will be a good fight. At least in the last two races we have it better done,” said the seven-time world champion.