Mercedes is not worried: Lewis Hamilton’s stop after three laps of the second free practice session of the Dutch GP has found an explanation. The seven-time world champion had to park his W12 on the track after just three laps.
The technicians of the Star have identified anomalous values in telemetry that have advised the Brackley wall to order the English driver to stop immediately: Lewis followed the advice of the engineers, before an ovation from the Max Verstappen fans started from the stands .
Hamilton, in reality, did not seem too worried about the failure and the fact that Valtteri Bottas was able to complete the long run by gathering valuable information for the race with the two compounds, removed some apprehension.
Analyzing the power unit, the engineers recorded an oil leak from the heat engine, but it was unit 1, which among the three approved by Mercedes is the one that boasts the greatest mileage so that the leakage will have no consequence in the rest of the weekend.
Engineers from Brixworth will have to figure out if the loss of lubricant was due to the engine not being cooler or if, instead, there may have been implications for the oil that can cavitate in the numerous banked corners of the interesting Dutch circuit which, in reality, it does not engage the power unit too much except for these curves with lateral 6G peaks.
Tomorrow Lewis will therefore be in contention for pole position: the Briton only covered 17 laps between morning and afternoon, but he immediately seemed at ease in Zandvoort, so he shouldn’t have any repercussions for the precious time lost.