Mercedes have revealed that it costs them roughly £300,000 to repair their Formula One car if a driver crashes during a Grand Prix weekend.
The all-conquering Silver Arrows will begin the defence of their constructors’ crown when the season finally gets underway in Austria next month.
They have romped to six straight world titles and helped Lewis Hamilton claim five championship crowns in the last six years, destroying their rivals in the process.
Indeed, it is a rarity that six-time world champion Hamilton or teammate Valtteri Bottas end up in the barriers.
But, when they do, it can certainly prove costly for the Northamptonshire-based outfit.
The world champions took part in an Instagram Q&A on Friday night and were asked how much it costs to repair the car after a crash during any session.
They responded: “Obviously this depends on the accident itself but we generally expect each crash to cost roughly £300,000.”
It is an eye-watering figure and lays bare the pressure the drivers – including Hamilton and Bottas – face when racing their high-speed machines.
Meanwhile, Hamilton this week said it was good to know he could still drive after returning to the track in a Formula One car for the first time in more than 100 days at Silverstone on Wednesday.
A day after his team mate Bottas returned to action in dry conditions, Hamilton put his title-winning 2018 Mercedes W09 car through its paces on a greasy track after early showers.
The team is practising protocols for the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5, which will serve as the season opener.
“I didn’t feel like I’ve ever left the water, so that’s a positive,” Hamilton said in a video posted on Mercedes’ social media channels.
“I think every time you take a big break — I think it’s been 103 days or something — you always wonder whether you can still drive.
“So it’s a good feeling to know of course I can, I’m ready, I feel fit. I hope you guys are all well and excited for what’s coming up.”