"I have no interest in the simulator,” Hamilton once revealed
An old Lewis was reluctant with Mercedes' simulator. But with the battle between Red Bull rising, the Briton had no choice but to try some new
In an interview with former F1 driver, Martin Brundle, earlier this year, Lewis Hamilton revealed that he wasn't a big fan of driving on a simulator.
“I hardly ever drive on the simulator. I maybe do 20 laps a year, maybe. I have no interest in the simulator," he said.
However, with the battle between Red Bull and Mercedes closing in, Lewis had to try something different to improve: training on the simulator.
To quote George Shaw, "Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." So this time, according to Toto Wolff, Hamilton started to see the benefits of the simulator including the latest victory at the Silverstone Grand Prix.
Having spent both Tuesday and Friday morning before the start of the British Grand Prix weekend working in Mercedes’ simulator in Brackley, Wolff said that Hamilton was starting to appreciate the chance to grab ‘every single marginal gain’ offered by the sim.
"Yes, the simulator wasn’t his most favourite tool in the past,” said Wolff. “But I think we’ve developed it to a level that is quite good and made it best in class, and he’s started to see the benefits of it. This fight is so tough that you need to just grab every single marginal gain, and that’s why we’ve progressed together to better understand the car also with the tool of the simulator.”
“There are going to be trickier ones, there’s going to be better ones,” added Wolff, “but scoring these big points at Silverstone is important.”
Mercedes now sit just four points adrift of Red Bull in the constructors’ standings, having outscored their rivals 43 points to three across the Silverstone weekend.
This, combined with the new package Mercedes introduced at Silverstone, should make the car more competitive.