Five Days Later, the Jammed Wheel Nut Has Finally Been Removed From Bottas' F1 Car

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The captivating saga of the torn off wheel nut on Valtteri Bottas' Formula 1 car is finally over. The Mercedes-AMG F1 team posted a video on Instagram today in which the team finally removed the jammed nut holding the wheel on the right front corner of car # 77.
The mother got jammed during Bottas' pit stop at the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend after the wheel cannon was mounted "at a slight angle" by one of the pit workers, according to Motorsport.com, forcing the Finnish driver to give up 30 laps the team tried removing the wheel, the gun tore off the nut's teeth, effectively rounded the piece and made it impossible to remove in the pit lane. The nut got so jammed that the Mercedes pit crew failed to remove it in the garage, but opted to ship the car back to its UK factory and instead use heavy machinery to loosen it.
"Ultimately, we [in Monaco] decided that to remove this mother we would need quite heavy machinery and specialized equipment, and that would be better here in the factory," said James Vowles, chief strategy officer for the Mercedes F1 team , across from Motorsport.com.
The team plans to analyze the wheel nut design and its removal process in the future to make sure this doesn't happen again.
"[This] gives us a chance to do an autopsy to really understand how this nut was carried and to collect some clues so we can do better in the future," added Vowles.
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