– Lewis Hamilton managed to keep behind the Ferraris of Leclerc and Sainz in Mexico
– Hamilton explains the concept of “sweet finesse” in tire management
– Other drivers are aware of the technique of lifting coast and tire saving
– Hamilton benefited from the red flag and was able to secure the fastest lap at the end of the race.
Lewis Hamilton showcased his impressive driving skills during the Grand Prix in Mexico, successfully keeping the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz behind him despite being on the medium tire while they were on the harder compound. Hamilton spoke to former F1 driver Jenson Button about a concept he referred to as a “sweet finesse.” According to Hamilton, this term refers to finding the right balance in the car’s setup and minimizing tire sliding.
Hamilton explained during the post-race press conference that the key is to achieve a balanced car with the right amount of wing and front end. He emphasized the importance of starting a stint with understeer, as the rear tires tend to deteriorate over time, causing the car to transition into oversteer. This oversteer, Hamilton noted, is when drivers often encounter difficulties.
Acknowledging that this technique is not a secret to other drivers, the seven-time world champion highlighted the perfect balance of lifting, coasting, and tire saving that helped him secure a strong position. He acknowledged that tire management played a crucial role in his success during the race.
Hamilton also benefited from a stroke of luck in the form of a red flag incident, which opened up an opportunity for him to gain a position. He praised his team’s strategists for their tire management decisions and expressed relief when the red flag provided a much-needed breathing space.
To add to his triumph, Hamilton secured an additional point by setting the fastest lap on the final lap of the race. Mercedes’ Andrew Shovlin explained that Hamilton requested to go for the fastest lap as he still had good tires, enabling him to achieve this feat.
Overall, Hamilton’s exceptional driving skills, combined with strategic tire management and a bit of luck, contributed to his success in the Mexican Grand Prix.