Lewis Hamilton uses a trick that allows him to have a better launch ahead of an F1 Grand Prix race, but he is the only driver to do it.
Lewis Hamilton is statistically the most successful driver in the history of F1. He has dominated the sport in the turbo-hybrid era with the most superior engine on the grid.
To add to his supremacy, a Reddit fan pointed out that Hamilton puts his hand on the upper-left side of his steering wheel. The user claimed that it allows the seven-time world champion to launch better.
Though, the post owner didn’t know how it works. Until another Reddit user mentioned Nico Rosberg explaining a similar thing in one of the Q&A sessions.
“Nico Rosberg actually talked about this in one of his track guides. I forget exactly which one, but I believe it’s one of Monoco or Bahrain during the Q&A session,” said u/Hiachi.
“But he simply said that Lewis does it because he feels like he gets better control of the clutch paddles while he slowly releases it during the launch.”
Moreover, in 2017, it was reported that Mercedes had used a different clutch approach in comparison to the other teams. The Mercedes concept consists of two long holes that the drivers will slot their fingers into for the starts.
This solution opens the way for a much larger clutch paddle, which should, in theory, allow for a better feel of the clutch bite point. The hope is that this will manifest itself in better getaways for the drivers.
Other drivers also think Lewis Hamilton does it for better control at the clutch
Former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer on F1’s Youtube channel talked about the same thing while discussing Hamilton’s run-off during the Azerbaijan GP 2021.