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Video: How Lewis Hamilton sets up his Mercedes F1 steering wheel differently from Nico Rosberg

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Video: How Lewis Hamilton sets up his Mercedes F1 steering wheel differently from Nico Rosberg
Dec 26, 2014, 9:41 AM

The second in our end of season mini-series of animated technical short videos is a fascinating piece, which shows the differences between the stee...

The second in our end of season mini-series of animated technical short videos is a fascinating piece, which shows the differences between the steering wheel set up of the two Mercedes drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The animation is produced by Giorgio Piola and the explanatory voice over is by JA on F1 technical adviser Dominic Harlow, formerly chief operations engineer at Force India.

Most of the controls on a modern F1 car are now on the wheel, apart from the throttle and brakes. Even the clutch and the brake balance control are on the wheel.

The brake balance is particularly interesting, as Hamilton has a more sophisticated set up than Rosberg, clearly it's an area he likes to work on in detail.

Ironically it was forgetting to reset the balance on his second fast lap before the pit stops in Interlagos, Brazil, that caused him to spin and lose time.

For those who may have missed the first item earlier this week, here is the analysis of why the Mercedes was the dominant car in 2014, looking at the layout and position of the hybrid turbo power unit but also studying the aerodynamic upgrades through the season, particularly with the rear end, which made the car class leading aerodynamically as well as in power terms.

* Thanks to the thousands of readers who took part in our JA on F1 survey. The data will help us to shape the service we provide here in 2015.

For those who missed out on the JA on F1 Season Review PDF, which readers received free for completing the survey, we are looking at making this available, for a nominal fee, in the coming days.
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