Mercedes Executive Director (Technical), Paddy Lowe says that the team are still investigating what caused Lewis Hamilton’s engine failure in Malaysia but hopes there is no other problems for the rest of the season.
“We are continuing to investigate the issue with his engine are doing everything we can to ensure that it is first understood and then contained for the remainder of the season.”
Lewis will now have the same amount of power units as Nico Rosberg for the final five races according to Lowe, so hopefully there will be a level playing field for the rest of the season.
“Despite the failure of this engine, Lewis now has the same stock of Power Units as Nico for the remaining five races – including used Power Units which he can fit for free practice sessions. So, hopefully there will be no further impact to his programme.”
Heading to Suzuka, Lowe understands the different demands from Malaysia especially the famous ‘130R’ corner which tests the cars aerodynamics and power unit.
“This is a very different race track to Sepang. It’s one of the most demanding circuits of the season for the handling of a car, with many drivers also considering it one of the most demanding of driver skill. There are some quite tricky lines and sequences to get right – particularly the ‘Esses’ and the famous ‘130R’ corner.”
Japan is always an exciting occasion with the history of the circuit and excitement from the fans, Mercedes and Paddy Lowe will look to dominate the Japanese Grand Prix once again.
“Their passion for the sport is fantastic to see, so we hope to put on a great race. History has not often failed us in that respect at this iconic circuit, so it should be an exciting weekend ahead.”