Lewis Hamilton endured a painful outing in Canada, as he was not able to replicate his form of the old and get his 7th victory in what his probably his favourite circuit.
Qualifying didn’t go as planned for Hamilton, as he experienced front tyre lock ups on the hair pin and couldn’t really push the W09 to the limit.
Now, while we all though that the issue was with the Mercedes suffering front brake lockingn that hairpin due to oversteering, reports in the Motorsport magazine show a completely different story.
Apparently, Hamilton had a bird stuck in his brake duct, something that could have caused the front brake locking.
The pit lane was full with an odd barbeque smell every time Hamilton drove into the pitlane during qualifying. Motorsport magazine suspects that the ‘bird’ could be the reason for Hamilton being one-tenths slower than Vettel during qualifying.
“Fourth-fastest Hamilton was bedevilled by front brake locking in Q3 and was generally unhappy with a difficult oversteery balance. An odd barbeque smell was apparent in the pitlane each time he pitted – and later the remains of a bird was discovered in a brake duct. It may have played a part in him being a tenth down. He locked up into the hairpin on both his Q3 runs. On the first of them he was quicker than Vettel up to that point.” the Motorsport magazine reported
Things seem a little fishy(birdy) here.
Hamilton was left frustrated with bouts of power loss on race day and was later forced to save his engine and not go all out to make a move up the field.
Hamilton later blamed the F1 rules for such a boring Canadian GP and wanted the authorities to look into the direction that the sport was headed.