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Lewis Hamilton keen to see effect of longer Mercedes wheelbase

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 :  Lewis Hamilton is intrigued to find out whether Mercedes’ longer wheelbase proves advantageous in its Formula 1 world championship battle with Ferrari in the forthcoming grands prix.

Although there seems to be little separating F1’s benchmark cars, the Mercedes appears better in cooler conditions and on single-lap pace.

Hamilton says Mercedes has worked hard in recent weeks to better understand the W08 after a sometimes difficult pre-season testing programme and believes the progress made on this front was key to his Chinese GP win.

With Mercedes and Ferrari well clear of the opposition and appearing locked in a two-horse race, Hamilton suspects that getting the edge early in the campaign could be worth a lot.

Hamilton added he has been working hard on his own performance too, including the race start weakness that compromised him in 2016.

He admitted getting off the grid is “definitely harder now” since last year’s rule changes designed to put starts fully in drivers’ hands.

Source : Internet

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