Mercedes publishes brake failure findings

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes and brake supplier Brembo has revealed that the quality of the brakes was not a contributing factor in Lewis Hamilton's qualifying crash at July's German Grand Prix.

Hamilton crashed out of the session due to a brake issue and started from the back of the grid, from which he recovered to third place.

Mercedes and Brembo concluded that the interaction between the brake material and mounting on Hamilton's car was at fault.

'First of all, both parties can now confirm that the quality of the disc material was not a contributory factor,' read a joint statement.

'Instead, extensive analysis and experimentation has demonstrated that the specific interaction between the structure of the brake material in question and the brake mounting on the F1 W05 Hybrid was at the root of the failure.

'Countermeasures have already been applied to both the disc geometry and the mounting to ensure there can be no repeat of the failure.

'These developments allow the team to once again run Brembo brake disc material, should it choose to do so, in race conditions.'


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