Despite the evident superiority shown by Mercedes in the race in Istanbul – which resulted in pole and victory – Lewis Hamilton he was seen to be overtaken by Max Verstappen in the world championship standings and now the Dutchman leads the standings with a six-point margin over his rival. The 36-year-old English driver, despite seven world titles, 100 victories and 101 pole positions, does not want to leave any stone unturned in the tight battle of this championship, and on Wednesday 13 October he went again to the factory in Brackley for a simulator work session, to help the team collect data in view of the last rounds of the world championship and launch the final sprint in the challenge against Max Verstappen. The Mercedes simulator – according to a recent article published by Gazzetta dello Sport – it runs four days a week and completes 130 laps per session, in order to cover the mileage of two races per working day. There are 4000 data channels that produce flows to be analyzed and made available to engineers.
Hamilton in the past had not said he was a big fan of simulator work, coming to declare last May of “do not complete more than 20 laps per year“. In the following weeks, however, he was seen at work at the end of June and also on the Friday of the Silverstone weekend, a sign that Mercedes is determined not to miss the 2021 titles.