How Mercedes Secret System Cost Lewis the Win | Azerbaijan Grand Prix Explained

Lewis Hamilton had a great shot at leading Max in the championship today in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, but a strange mistake cost him a shot at the win. So what went on? And what is this Brake Magic system?

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  1. formulafan


    6 小时 前

    Had a hard week and this was just what I needed after this day to make it a bit better . Formula video + listening to the music I like the best (Delta Parole, Metallica and other) make me feel the speed and excitement!

  2. Jacob Wadsworth

    Jacob Wadsworth

    23 小时 前

    "How Mercedes Secret System Cost Lewis the Win | Azerbaijan Grand Prix Explained" Truthfully - it was applied far too heavily on the warmup lap, nothing happened post start but over-heated brakes. But that's F1 for you - when you gamble and lose - you lie - vehemently. "Marathon not a sprint" was code for "here comes one hell of a gamble" - followed by "don't worry Lewis we knew this could happen and it was the only shot you really had - wasn't worth taking though"

  3. Jay Bower

    Jay Bower

    天 前

    I'm sorry but you are usually so knowledgeable when it comes to stuff like this, but the explanation you gave for the "brake magic" was not entirely true. The magic is for bias and it is used to help with temps but the design you explained was incorrect. The bias for the magic puts the brake power to the front by over 80% depending on the track, and it is used for out-lap brake warm up and for tracks with aggressive/tight corners. It is not a system designed just to heat up the brakes. Mercedes is not that simple.

  4. mesa's artworks

    mesa's artworks

    7 天 前

    0:12 "it cost him the championship lead" He already lost it at Monaco GP.

  5. R Cic

    R Cic

    7 天 前

    Couldn't it be that Lewis simply overheated the brakes during the formation lap and simply screwed up?

  6. Terrence Klaverweide

    Terrence Klaverweide

    7 天 前

    Bla bla TLDW

  7. Booba44 Gaming

    Booba44 Gaming

    7 天 前

    Good upload my friend. Full watch

  8. Jane Gavin

    Jane Gavin

    7 天 前

    F1 have no one but themselves to blame for the loss of millions of fans for allowing the teams to make the car into computers.Its like they forget that fans loved the crashes we had in the sport back in the 60s 70s 80s and 90s,we don't like seeing drivers die but we love a few good crashes per race.And for the last 7 years Mercedes have had the best car for years hence winning 7 double world titles and before that Red Bull had the best car and they won 4 championships in a row which leaves the sport boring despite having some of the best drivers in the world.I know they still have fans it's just in this day and age they could and should have millions more.

  9. miko foin

    miko foin

    8 天 前

    Lewis forgot it wasn't Albon at the wheel, third time isn't always the charm

  10. shazmeister2005


    8 天 前

    Personally I think he forgot to switch it off on the grid. His brakes were smoking heavily prior to the restart so he was clearly using it a lot.

  11. vjayind


    8 天 前

    Lewis can make no mistake .. its the magic buttons fault

  12. seiom jvony

    seiom jvony

    9 天 前

    Lol it's pretty ironic that a button called "brake magic" didnt help Lewis in stopping the car

  13. Skyrecked Loemm

    Skyrecked Loemm

    9 天 前

    This year's championship reminds me of those Senna VS Prost days. Really great racing guys. 🏁👌👌👌

    • miko foin

      miko foin

      8 天 前

      Hamilton's car was the only one on the grid with smoking brakes-why didn't the team spot this?DUH!!

  14. Dushyant Verma

    Dushyant Verma

    9 天 前

    It's hamilton's foolishness that has costed him the victory. He deserved what happened with him in azerbaijan race. His team gives him the adwantage always of using DRS & not to botas. I have always noticed. I believe botas is a much better F1 driver than lewis.

  15. Bonded by Thrash

    Bonded by Thrash

    9 天 前

    So...can't they just drive the warm up lap with one foot dragging on the brakes?

    • seiom jvony

      seiom jvony

      9 天 前


  16. doire aintu

    doire aintu

    10 天 前

    That was strange when they stopped before the restart, Hamilton front brakes were smoking way more than the other cars.

  17. baylessnow


    10 天 前

    It made a change from the old excuse of "it's not my fault, it's not my fault", whilst he quickly tried to pick a scapegoat from his pit crew, I suppose.

  18. Ok Go

    Ok Go

    10 天 前

    That 'magic' button needs reprogramming to be pressed TWICE to avoid this mistake in future. A simple solution to bad design.👍🇬🇧

  19. Jim Sperlakis

    Jim Sperlakis

    10 天 前

    Merc is possibly using Selective Brake control to assist steering input to the car. I designed a way to get selective bias the rear differential to aid in Corner Out control with simple Belville washers. Both may be out of the sporting regulations.

  20. Aech1898


    10 天 前

    There's nothing secret about their "magic", it's just a brake-warmin preset.

  21. old tighthead

    old tighthead

    10 天 前

    All this just adds to the skills that old school drivers like Senna ,Mansell,Piquit,Arnoux and more possessed.....

  22. Coen80


    10 天 前

    What secret?!?! Downvoted for clickbaiting. No secret here. Every team has such a button (or pre set under any button)

  23. sokin jon

    sokin jon

    10 天 前

    His brake bias was set to full front.

  24. Ronald Grey

    Ronald Grey

    11 天 前

    Not the ‘secret system’ but Hamilton himself cost him the win. For the first time in 6 years he is under pressure and he starts making mistakes.

  25. Ross Sayers

    Ross Sayers

    11 天 前

    Long live Shummi .. who cares about cry baby Lewis 😁

  26. gggggggg


    11 天 前

    Secret system my arse..... He was outdriven, and tried too hard..... I pissed myself laughing. He blames the car? Typical bullshit

  27. Colin Humphries

    Colin Humphries

    11 天 前

    Hamilton's car was the only one on the grid with smoking brakes-why didn't the team spot this?DUH!!

    • sokin jon

      sokin jon

      10 天 前

      In other words, driver mistake.

  28. Ant Bod

    Ant Bod

    11 天 前

    So when Hamilton wins it's due to his driving skills but when he loses it's due to the car, haha - maybe he was driving a racist car this time.

  29. Alejandro Aranda

    Alejandro Aranda

    11 天 前


  30. Rido Dido

    Rido Dido

    11 天 前

    Hmmm, something is off about this explanation!!! I do not buy it!

  31. Br At

    Br At

    11 天 前

    I wonder how long lewis complained about that one. Cry baby.

  32. Jason


    11 天 前

    He cracked under Pressure simple as that. Stop blaming everything and everyone else, Lewis is NOT GOAT, never will be either. He was Known to crack under pressure before he got in to the Mercedes car. He made these idiotic mistakes all the time back then. He is only good in superior cars that fit his driving style.

  33. Highland_Biker


    11 天 前

    That's why I haven't watched F1 in over ten years their just driving around in computers

  34. Jack Anderson

    Jack Anderson

    11 天 前

    He ballsed it, plain and simple

  35. LE BERRE H.


    11 天 前

    Extremely clear. Thanks for these explanations

  36. MBY


    11 天 前

    In 1994, 1995 everybody screaming that Schumacher are cheating with an illegal traction control. In 2021 everybody celebrating Mercedes F1, who uses different systems as all the others! Last year the use DAS for upwarning the tires, now they have the magic button. The only thing I can say is that a middle 90 F1 car had just 5 Buttons in the Wheel and today there are so many electronic systems, that the driver not winning a race, it’s the car! You can’t compare the old cars with them from today, but the better electronic helps so many more, so it’s not surprising that AMG F1 dominate the F1 since 2014. put the same electronics/systems to the other cars and we will have a real Race.

  37. Craig David

    Craig David

    11 天 前

    I thought he said it was because he was black?

  38. Alan Turnbull

    Alan Turnbull

    11 天 前

    Sir lulu has too many buttons to learn he not really that clever let's see he not too bright ?

  39. Stephen Tokko

    Stephen Tokko

    11 天 前

    And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Hebrews 9:27) And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: (Acts 17:30) For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. (2 Corinthians 7:10) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:5) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)



    12 天 前

    In other words, driver mistake.

  41. mikea hiooi

    mikea hiooi

    12 天 前

    Dangerous system imo, he's lucky there was a run off there. Imagine it would have been much worse at say Monaco.

    • fallenshallrise


      11 天 前

      There is a run-off at the first corner at Monaco and Sainte Devote is only 140m from the start. Watch Max's crash there only a few of years ago.

  42. The Real BlackGary

    The Real BlackGary

    12 天 前

    Why did the race restart after the red flag when there were 2 laps left. I thought the race had to end if a red flag happened right at the end

  43. Erick Omondi

    Erick Omondi

    12 天 前

    What if Lewis Hamilton forced a hard turn...

  44. Steven Batty

    Steven Batty

    12 天 前

    Could also be down to Perez putting the wind up Hamilton. 😂

  45. lewistaylor1965


    12 天 前

    Hmmm...Still sounds like a mistake by Lewis...a rare one...and he's still the master in my book!

    • mikea hiooi

      mikea hiooi

      12 天 前

      "it wasnt driver error" ( proceeds to explain a long winded route that culminates in it being driver error just like this comment )

  46. Kobus Venter

    Kobus Venter

    12 天 前

    Bull Shit. Mistake Mistake Mistake. The pressure is on.!!!!!!

  47. The Prospecttor

    The Prospecttor

    12 天 前

    It looks to me like he just missed his breaking point, he clearly was going too fast, you can see how he got way in front of Perez, Lewis is always blaming issues in his car, every time he has competition

  48. Rattus Norvegicus

    Rattus Norvegicus

    12 天 前

    My magic brake failed on me once. Barreling downhill toward our shed-barn, at the last moment went to pedal backwards to stop, chain came off and ended up hurtling into said building and smacking into the back wall. Luckily made of corrugated tin and not hitting the 4`x2` uprights. However, over 50yrs later, I still don`t have the deepest of voices.

  49. Phantom


    12 天 前

    have you notice allso when lois is accel the the front tires are straight at 0.07 allso when he locks up at 0.10 but after he locked up the fron tires were pointing in inside at 0.12!!!

  50. Peter MacLauren

    Peter MacLauren

    12 天 前

    Why were Lewis's breaks smoking while he was lined up on the grid?

  51. Mark Furst

    Mark Furst

    12 天 前

    It was amazing it didn't cause a big pileup.

  52. Keyzer Games

    Keyzer Games

    12 天 前

    Those mouth sounds 🤯

  53. Dion Oliveira

    Dion Oliveira

    12 天 前

    Either way it's great to see a FAIR field all racing in environments where stuff happens and mistakes cost.......breaking down all the semantics does not negate the fact that on any given day there could be better cars and drivers. Making it seem like Lewis should always win is like politics its dysfunctional and will ultimately ruin the SPORT of F1 racing.

  54. jason daniel barry

    jason daniel barry

    12 天 前

    Brake matters aside... can Perilli please make a tire that actually WORKS? Not this chewing gum rubbish... All we hear about in F1 is tires tires tires tires... and tire management... they need to make tires that work so that the drivers can actually RACE!

  55. #1 bullshittt

    #1 bullshittt

    12 天 前

    Analyze checo's epic defence vs hamilton the entire race PLEAAAASSSSE(with mechanical issues...insane) 😆

  56. Stevie Hope

    Stevie Hope

    12 天 前

    If only we could go back to drivers being able to just drive instead of all this button technology

    • Samraj Dwivedi

      Samraj Dwivedi

      10 天 前

      The "button" technology you speak of has made f1 so much more safer through the years. f1 isn't just about a driver driving, from the engineers doing overtime to mechanics getting minimum time on pitstops to the driver working with strategies provided, f1 is an engineering master-event.

  57. Prat Ramkilawon

    Prat Ramkilawon

    12 天 前

    The race was fake. It was designed so that Merc did not win again to perpetuate a fake interest in the sport.

  58. bilinas mini

    bilinas mini

    12 天 前

    I was wondering why Hamilton was the only one not swerving on the way to the grid before the restart.

  59. Cryha87


    12 天 前

    "it wasnt driver error" ( proceeds to explain a long winded route that culminates in it being driver error just like this comment )

  60. Spam Can

    Spam Can

    12 天 前

    Don't worry, I'm sure Toto will figure out a way to blame it on Bottos.

  61. robertoratp


    12 天 前

    Hamilton didn't have the car or the guts to overtake Perez. He didn't deserve to win

  62. VENOM


    12 天 前

    Mercedes thinks,..“Were'r the One and Only“..... No !!! There's other Teams, their can smash !!

    • bilinas mini

      bilinas mini

      12 天 前

      Question for anyone Perez or leclerc

  63. ThemiEER


    12 天 前

    i dont like this guy, bs

  64. PlainBagel


    12 天 前

    so that's why Lewi's tires were steaming compared to the other cars during the restart (literally steaming compared to other cars )?

  65. Max Dangerfield

    Max Dangerfield

    13 天 前

    Thanks for going into this. I always enjoy the details of your videos.

  66. Albanolopolis


    13 天 前

    Cost? He never was close to win that

  67. Norton Commando

    Norton Commando

    13 天 前

    Couldn't happen to a bigger twat.. lol

  68. BeeCee


    13 天 前

    Funny how people say the system cost Lewis the race winn. There is nothing wrong with the system, there was with Lewis. Guy feels the pressure he never had and he is choking.

  69. William Ford

    William Ford

    13 天 前

    In the Mercedes Debrief video, they said the button was clipped AFTER the start on the run down to turn 1. Lewis turned the wheel to lunge away from Perez and his finger clipped the button. Dozens or hundreds of starts with no problem. Then this. Accidents happen and this was just a freak occurrence. If they can, Merc may try to move the location of the brake button and put something less critical ( the radio button??) in that position.

  70. Hose B

    Hose B

    13 天 前

    Was the "Brake Magic" which supposedly wasn't turned on until the restart the reason that Lewis had the only car with brakes smoking like a burning building while lined up for said restart?

  71. Iain Mac

    Iain Mac

    13 天 前

    Unlucky Max,

  72. nsltrc


    13 天 前

    Not a secret. Can you try an honest title instead of wasting people's time?

  73. Bob


    13 天 前

    Surprised he didn’t take a knee afterwards

  74. alan tebbs

    alan tebbs

    13 天 前

    serves him right . he cocked up . live with it and learn

  75. fidan2fast


    13 天 前

    That's why Hamilton's tires were smoking like a european before the restart?

  76. Magma Fang

    Magma Fang

    13 天 前

    Question for anyone Perez or leclerc

  77. Ruud Kraan

    Ruud Kraan

    13 天 前

    It was No mistakes. Hamilton must do this. SURE!!!

  78. jimmie Roan

    jimmie Roan

    13 天 前

    so how about all of us watching hamilton sitting waiting for the restart and all 4 wheels smoking like the fucking car was on fire, seems like the problem started long before the start, so im not buying this shit.

  79. Dima Tsoukalas

    Dima Tsoukalas

    13 天 前

    Thanks for the explanation there mate, good stuff!

  80. Michel


    13 天 前

    You have to ask yourself why Hamilton apparently first calmly started to wonder what went wrong long after the finish. Immediately after it happened there was just a despondent "sorry guys", no sense of bewilderment at all. My guess is he forgot to switch it off (also seemed to have overused it with his smoking brakes) and they gave us a little spiel to save face. Also, he was released from his pitstop at least 5 car lengths after Gasly, so he didn't cause the holdup.

  81. Alejandro Tobienne

    Alejandro Tobienne

    13 天 前

    His brake bias was set to full front.

  82. E Sv

    E Sv

    13 天 前

    When you ignore daddy´s advice because you think to be smarter. Box: Don´t overtake in lap 1 Ham: Got it, this is a marathon not a spring...

    • In Aere Ediflcare

      In Aere Ediflcare

      13 天 前

      1 of 52 is not the same as 1 of 2.. but you already know that.. don't you?

  83. praphan yaphom

    praphan yaphom

    13 天 前

    The humorous tendency putatively amuse because dead intrestingly need save a hallowed sphere. fragile, wasteful breath

  84. nearlyretired


    13 天 前

    In theory you could left foot brake to heat up the brakes! Not practical in f1 of course - you would be slower.

  85. Redjacc


    13 天 前

    F1 is farrrrrrrrrrrrrr too complicated.

  86. Robin And The Dog

    Robin And The Dog

    13 天 前

    From now on it’s called Brake Tragic.

  87. mis comentarios

    mis comentarios

    13 天 前

    Eso del botón mágico es pura mamada. Hamilton se iba a ir de largo, era obvio, porque Pérez no lo dejo tomar la línea principal.

  88. Mersed Muratovic

    Mersed Muratovic

    13 天 前

    So, in the end it was driver error as he clearly said Lewis turned it on whilst selecting the gear.

  89. Steven Pang

    Steven Pang

    13 天 前

    well it is a driver error nothing will redeem that

  90. Punish Unext

    Punish Unext

    13 天 前

    Mercedes didn't cost Lewis the win, LEWIS, the DIVA, cost himself the win by not paying attention and being a dumbass. Let's face facts, Lewis is great out front in the BEST CAR on the grid. If he has to go through people and make daring passes, he is lost, period. I can't wait for them to get rid of Lewis. Georgie Boy proved last year that he could step into that car and WIN, but for a puncture. Lewis gets what 50 plus million a year. George would get like 5 million, maybe



    13 天 前

    Imagine the result ..if there would not have been any run off area at turn 1

  92. riley fair

    riley fair

    13 天 前

    Toto better chill out about the flexi wing

  93. glimm3r


    13 天 前

    When checking Perez's onboard still seems like Lewis braked way too late and was going to overshoot it, I might be wrong though.

  94. Bruces Mic Stand

    Bruces Mic Stand

    13 天 前

    There is no secret system it was a brake bias setting error.

  95. Graham


    13 天 前

    It all makes sense and the smoke pouring out of the brakes as Hamilton sat on the grid suggested that something had made them extremely hot, but I find it a little bit far fetched that he knocked the switch just this one time, despite the system having been in use for a large number of races. Hamilton had been involved in a lot of great fights into the first corner during the last couple of years but apparently he had never knocked the switch before? It sounds like an excuse rather than an explanation.

  96. ChrisNLD


    13 天 前

    just a error. Cry baby always someone’s else fault😂😂😂

  97. Neil Stephen

    Neil Stephen

    13 天 前

    Thank goodness for brake magic. We at least had an interesting race for a pleasant change, rather than a Mercedes benefit.

  98. James HH

    James HH

    13 天 前

    Do think this button contributed to Seb hitting the back of Lewis?

  99. stratkster


    13 天 前

    And what about the smoking brakes at the start? I found that kinda weird...

  100. dolita windo

    dolita windo

    13 天 前

    Lol it's pretty ironic that a button called "brake magic" didnt help Lewis in stopping the car