Mercedes pit box moved to avoid bump

Mercedes has had its pit box moved further down the pitlane to help its drivers avoid a bump on the entry.

Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg complained about their cars bottoming out as they came in to their pit box during Friday practice.

Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe and sporting director Ron Meadows were seen in conversation with F1 race director Charlie Whiting about the issue on Friday afternoon.

In a bid to avoid potential problems in the race, a decision was taken to alter the position of the pit box to ensure that the Mercedes drivers can have a smooth entry.

The new pit box is five metres further down the pitlane. As a result of the change of position, other teams were asked to also alter their positions, but it is understood one outfit refused to do so.

So a compromise situation was reached where Ferrari's pit box has moved by four metres, Williams by three metres, and Red Bull by two metres to help accommodate the new Mercedes position.

 

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Series Formula 1
Event Brazilian GP
Track Interlagos
Teams Mercedes
Article type Breaking news