Mercedes and brake supplier Brembo have finally released a definitive conclusion pertaining to Lewis Hamilton’s brake failure during qualifying for the German Grand Prix last month, which saw the Briton spear violently into the barriers. This in turn saw Hamilton start a lowly 20th, whilst team-mate Rosberg secured pole.
During the following weeks after Hamilton’s worrying brake failure, both Mercedes and Brembo have analysed why such a failure struck the Briton and resulted in the session-ending incident. Following the shunt question marks were immediately raised over the efficiency and safety of Brembo’s brakes, with the German marque electing to change to Carbon Industries for the remainder of the weekend.
“Following extensive joint analysis of the previously unseen failure mode experienced by Lewis Hamilton during Q1 at the German Grand Prix, Brembo and Mercedes AMG Petronas have reached definitive conclusions concerning the cause of the failure,” read an official statement from Mercedes on the eve of the Belgian Grand Prix. “First of all, both parties can now confirm that the quality of the disc material was not a contributory factor.
“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.”
The statement then proceeded to explain how further countermeasures have been placed upon the brake material, in a bid to prevent an reoccurrence of such a failure. Brembo have also stated that Mercedes can now once again run the supplier’s brake discs, after their move away from the company following Hamilton’s disastrous qualifying incident which not only destroyed his car but also his hopes of taking the fight to Championship leader and team-mate Rosberg during the race.
“Countermeasures have already been applied to both the disc geometry and the mounting to ensure there can be no repeat of the failure,” continued the statement from Mercedes. “These developments allow the team to once again run Brembo brake disc material, should it choose to do so, in race conditions.”
Lewis Hamilton’s woes continued during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, where the 2008 World Champion suffered from a glazed left brake during Q3. This has once again enabled his German team-mate to gain the advantage, however this weekend’s conclusion from Mercedes and Brembo will bring a certain piece of mind over future use of the brake supplier.
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