Formula 1 Racing

Mercedes know ‘where we’re lacking’

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2024

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he is confident that Mercedes know their biggest weakness compared to their rivals.

In brief

Hamilton sure Mercedes know ‘where we’re lacking’

Lewis Hamilton has a clear idea of where Mercedes need to make gains with their car as they close the gap to the three teams ahead of them.

“The biggest improvement I think, coming into this year has been ride quality and being able to get the car lower, which is what others have been able to do,” he said.

“Then stability on entry of corners. The car’s far more predictable than it ever was, particularly the last couple of years, and particularly this year, it’s a lot more stable so we can be more committed into the corners. But then through-corner balance is where we’ve been lacking, where some of the others have really taken a big step. So that’s what we’re trying to work on.”

Ferrari fined for Leclerc tyre error

Ferrari have been fined €5,000 (£4,248) for sending Charles Leclerc onto the track during second practice with intermediate tyres on his car before the race director declared the conditions were wet.

Lopez replaces injured Conway for Le Mans

Toyota hypercar driver Mike Conway will miss next weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours after suffering broken ribs and collar bone in a cycling accident.

The driver, who shares the number seven car with team mates Kamui Kobayashi and Nyck de Vries, will be replaced by former team mate Jose Maria Lopez, who was due to race the Akkodis Lexus GT3 car in the car.

Lopez won the race in 2021 along with Kobayashi and Conway in the first edition of Le Mans run to modern hypercar regulations.

F1 24 receives handling patch

Codemasters have released the first patch for the new F1 24 game on all platforms, introducing significant changes to the controversial new handling model.

The developers have tweaked the tyre model to address the complaints about rapidly turn-in grip, tyre temperatures and attempted to generate more retirements from AI cars in career mode.

Car performance has also been changed, with teams such as McLaren and RB receiving a boost in performance, while Williams and Sauber have had their levels reduced.

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