Hamilton had appeared all set to complete behind chief Lando Norris within the closing levels of the Sochi race, earlier than a late downpour turned the race on its head.
Because the rain blew in, Norris elected to remain out on slicks whereas Mercedes satisfied Hamilton to maneuver over to inters – which finally proved to be the correct alternative.
Reflecting on why Mercedes received it proper, on a day that McLaren received it fallacious and price Norris victory, the staff’s head of trackside engineering Andrew Shovlin says his outfit was boosted by information of how the tyres had been acting on Bottas’s automotive.
“The important thing to it was the way you had been deciphering the climate forecast,” defined Shovlin. “As , all of the groups, we have got the identical rain radar, we might see the rain coming in, and we might see that it was going to start out mild.
“What we might see was that it was then going to get heavier. And that was actually the factor that we had been reacting to.
“However, in some methods, our determination making was helped by the truth that Valtteri was out of the factors and he had nothing to lose: so we had been the primary to make the leap.
“Then seeing how the tyres had been engaged on his automotive we adopted swimsuit with Lewis quickly after. And definitely not main the race makes it a bit simpler to take these choices.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, 1st place, takes victory to the delight of his staff on the pit wall
Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images
Mercedes had referred to as Hamilton in for inters a lap sooner than he ultimately did, however that request was ignored as a result of the world champion was satisfied that sticking with slicks was greatest.
However ultimately crucial details about the staff’s prediction for the climate, plus explaining how title rival Max Verstappen had stopped, received Hamilton over.
“The important thing level that we had been pondering to get throughout to him was that Max had stopped,” stated Shovlin.
“With Max having stopped, then he is actually eager that we shadow what he is doing: even when it meant that we would go away the door open for Lando to take the win.
“And the opposite factor we simply needed to get throughout was that we thought the rain was going to get heavier. Subsequently leaping early was going to be higher.
“So it is simply with all these items, it is very a lot a case of getting the correct info to the driving force, as a result of we had been fairly clear what we wished to do.
“They have not received the posh of rain radars and issues like that, so it’s only a case of creating positive that they will perceive why it’s we’re attempting to take that call.”