user icon

Mercedes changes water pumps on both cars

  • Published on 21 Oct 2018 18:55
  • comments 2
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Mercedes has changed the water pumps on both of its cars ahead of the start of the US Grand Prix. The swap came after the Silver Arrows detected a leak with Valtteri Bottas' pump after qualifying.

Data fromLewis  Hamilton's car showed that a similar leak was likely to form, so it decided to change the pump in his car too. With just over an hour to go before lights out at the Circuit of the Americas, Mercedes announced that it had fitted “old proven pumps of the same specification.”

The changes do not breach any regulations, but it will put an air of concern over the Mercedes camp who is hoping to secure one of the championships today. Hamilton could clinch his fifth world driver's title, and will start the race from pole position.

Bottas will start the race in third place, two places ahead of Hamilton's title rival Vettel. Bottas confirmed on Saturday that his main focus for the race would be to stop Vettel getting past and aiding his teammate in the hunt for his fifth world championship.

Replies (2)

Login to reply
  • Freguz

    Posts: 160

    turn off the team-order button while you're at it

    • + 0
    • Oct 21 2018 - 19:30
  • f1ski

    Posts: 726

    This is interesting . A couple of races ago when mercedes had a jump in performance it was noticed that there was oil on the rear light structure., My theory was mercedes was somehow injecting water to increase power. I findd it Unusual that they also said they used old pumps of the same spec. water injection was used in ww2 fighter planes for short increases in power.If i was ferrari i would ask for those pumps to be inspected. How and what data shows a leak will form. They said too much or perhaps a protest was being lodged

    • + 0
    • Oct 22 2018 - 03:26

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Mercedes
  • Points 1,429
  • Podiums 56
  • Grand Prix 129
  • Country Finland
  • Date of b. Aug 28 1989 (31)
  • Place of b. Nastola, Finland
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.73 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
20 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20
France
25 - Jun 27
Austria
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
1 - Oct 3
Singapore
8 - Oct 10
Japan
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
29 - Oct 31
Mexico
5 - Nov 7
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Australia
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
20 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
1 - Oct 3
8 - Oct 10
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
29 - Oct 31
5 - Nov 7
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
Australia Albert Park
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar