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    INSIGHT: British Grand Prix: Your Questions Answered Andrew Shovlin answers some...

Andrew Shovlin answers some of the queries you had about the British GP...

Paulo Lopes (@paulomeygelopes) asked on Instagram:

-  What happened with Lewis at the start?

Andrew Shovlin: "The simple answer is we got some wheelspin. There was a bit less grip on the grid than we were expecting.

"We had done practice starts there, Silverstone they do actually let you do a start from the grid, but for some reason on Sunday we didn't quite have what we expected and as soon as you get the wheelspin you lose traction.

"That then lost him places pretty quickly. So, we are doing a lot of work here this week trying to understand that because we know fine well that if we qualify on pole, we have got to get off the line as well as the Ferraris and that's what we will be trying to do in Hockenheim."

Jack Melia (_jackmelia_) send us this question on Instagram:

-  Did Lewis have any damage from the crash with Raikkonen?

AS: "The short answer is no, we didn't really have much damage at all. It was quite a big impact and we were pretty lucky to get away with it.

"The reality though is you heard Lewis complaining about damage to his floor, we thought there might've been some aerodynamic damage.

"But, that was actually just from running in the turbulent air of all those cars ahead when he was having to fight through.

"It was only actually when he got into clear air and he could feel what the car was like, we could see his pace, that we were able to really understand that the damage was actually very, very minimal."

Richard Henderson queried on Facebook:

-  With the gap between Kimi Räikkönen and Carlos Sainz Jr. being very large, why didn't you keep Lewis out until a Safety Car?

AS: "Next question from Richard on Facebook asking why we didn't leave Lewis out longer, looking for a Safety Car. Well, Lewis's tyres by that point were end of life.

"The other thing was you'd seen the two Red Bulls and Kimi closing on us and we were getting to a point where even if there was a Safety Car, we were going to drop behind them.

"So, then it becomes a question of race time. If you leave Lewis out, his tyres are getting very old and almost worn down to zero.

"Actually, if there is no Safety Car we are just making ourselves slower over the whole race.

"So, that was why once you have lost that window, you decide to make the stop and you are just going for the quickest time to the finish."

Jess (@JJ1410) tweeted us asking:

-  In hindsight, would pitting Valtteri under the Safety Car have given him a better finishing position?

AS: "The answer to that is absolutely, we would've done. What we were doing at the time though was thinking that if we just followed Vettel in, did the same as him and put the Softs on, we are not going to win the race because we were behind him on Softs on the first stint and we weren't able to make any inroads into him.

"He would've also had no trouble managing his tyres over that shorter stint at the end. So, what we were doing here was playing for the win. The chance of winning the race was higher if we were to do something different, stay out, leave Valtteri in control and the question was would Valtteri's tyres last well enough for him to be able to keep Vettel behind.

"Now, as you saw, that wasn't the case. We couldn't keep Vettel behind. Valtteri did an amazing job of actually defending for a number of laps before he got through.

"But, we even spoke to Valtteri after the race about that and he knew fine well what we were doing, we were trying to put him in the lead, he knew that he was going to have a car on new Softs behind him, but he was actually very happy that we made that decision because he would rather be given a chance to win the race than just banking second place."

Nicolette (@Silverarowangel) asked on Twitter:

-  How genuine was @LewisHamilton's pace on the Mediums and could he have kept it up?

AS: "Well, the pace is genuine, that is what Lewis was lapping in and he was very, very quick on that tyre. You saw that he was reeling in all the cars ahead and was the fastest guy on track at this point.

"The thing is, though, Silverstone is a very high-energy circuit with a lot of fast corners, and you will get degradation.

"So, Lewis would not have been able to do those lap times to the end of the race but everyone else is degrading.

"I think Lewis would've been pulling people in until the end of the race and his opportunity would've arisen later, where his fresher tyres would've been in much better condition and he would've been battling through those cars fighting for a podium or a win."

Niko Nyman send us this question on Facebook:

-  Do you think Valtteri could have fully caught up to Sebastian without the SC?

AS: "Well, we had pretty much done that. He was four seconds behind after the stop and a few laps later, we were two seconds behind.

"This was because Vettel was managing his tyres, he knew he had to stay on a one-stop strategy to make sure he could win the race. Valtteri had better degradation than Sebastian, so his opportunity was really going to come about towards the end of the race if Sebastian's tyres ran out.

"That Safety Car was actually the worst thing that could happen to Valtteri, his race was looking very interesting strategically. If Sebastian went to a two-stop Valtteri could've stayed on a one and potentially won.

"He also had the option of going to a two-stop himself which Vettel wouldn't have been able to react to. So, his opportunities were really diminished and that was one of the reasons that we also decided to keep him out and see if we could keep that win alive."

Rishca Abrahams (@RishcaAbrahams) queried on Twitter:

-  Can you clarify whether Bottas allowed Hamilton to pass on team orders or if Lewis overtook him fairly?

AS: "The answer is no, we are letting them race at the moment. Valtteri was defending hard but ultimately Lewis had fresher tyres.

"Those fresher tyres give you better traction and that was how he was able to pass pretty early on that straight. It is a relatively easy overtaking zone."

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