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GP Week : Issue 209
It could have been all too easy for Lewis Hamilton to lose it when the start software on his Mercedes went haywire, but he didn’t – instead, he made the best of it (still four th), moved through into second, then, after the tyre stop had better fresh-rubber pace than his team-mate and decided to put on early pressure. It paid off. Nico Rosberg’s second trip through the Turn 1 overshoot ‘chicane’ made it easy. Lewis was through, and it was all over. Lewis explained the dramas post-race: “At the start there's a button that you press which engages the launch sequence and for the formation lap it didn't work. I thought ‘no problem, I'll just put it on for the race’ and then when I got to the grid I put it on and again it didn't work. “It's very, very strange, I've never really had that happen before. There was a different sequence of lights that were on, that were unusual ... that weren't on ever before. “Anyway, I tried to pull away as fast as possible. The RPM was all over the place and fortunately I managed to not lose too many places. We never practice a start like that where you don't have the launch sequence in; we always practice in a launch sequence to optimise it. So I had no idea really what I was supposed to do, so I just floored it and hoped for the best. “T hen after that I had a good battle with Felipe. That was very fair through the corner. Then the engineer said that I should stay back, but knowing from experience and also particularly this year I knew that wasn't the way forward, so I chose another route. “T he car felt good and it was the closest I had been at that point and –just really during the previous stint I knew when I was behind others, and when I was behind Nico on the older tyres it was very hard to stay with him. So I knew that the only chance would be at the start (of the stint) and so I took it ...” Still with 22 points up his sleeve, Nico didn’t look like the most disappointed he’d even been, but a couple more 1-2s like that and it’s going to get tense. PIC: The Chase – a lap later Nico overshot and it was all over ... Cool dude 29 GPWEEK.com // 29 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> ITALY PARTNERS: