Mercedes reveal findings of Hamilton's brake failure


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24 August 2014 by TF1T Staff | M
          

Mercedes and Brembo have confirmed their findings following an investigation into what happened to Lewis Hamilton's brakes during qualifying for the German Grand Prix.

The Briton crashed into the barriers after a right-front brake failed, ruining his chances of securing pole position which went to his team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Brembo has ruled out a quality problem and after working through data and simulations, have confirmed the way the disc interacted with the mounting was the blame.

"First of all, both parties can now confirm that the quality of the disc material was not a contributory factor," read a statement issued by Mercedes.

"Instead, extensive analysis and experimentation has demonstrated that the specific interaction between the structure of the brake material in question and the brake mounting on the F1 W05 Hybrid was at the root of the failure.

"Countermeasures have already been applied to both the disc geometry and the mounting to ensure there can be no repeat of the failure."

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