Mercedes’ drop in performance is undoubtedly the most striking point in Formula 1 in 2022. The great dominator of the hybrid era has seen how, with the arrival of the new regulations, has gone on to lose his domain in favor of Red Bull and Ferrari to be fully involved in the middle zone. Although it is true that with Lewis Hamilton more than with George Russell, since the newcomer is performing better than the seven-time champion, the W13 is also below expectations.
Mercedes does not cease in the search for improvements
The reality is that, although Russell has managed to finish in the Top 5 in all the Grands Prix of the season and get on the podium in Australia, like Hamilton in Bahrain, the weekends for the Brackley team have been suffering. Several problems accumulate in the new single-seater, and of special relevance is the ‘poising’ or rebound effect, which seems to be more common in the silver arrows than in their rivals on the grid.
That is why Mercedes has been looking for different solutions since the beginning of the year that will bring them closer to the head of the championship, although they have not yet achieved it. After four races, time is short. Thus, for weeks there have been comments on the wide possibilities that the team led by Toto Wolff bring important news to Barcelona, first appointment of the first European section of the season beyond Imola. Although we might see a sneak peek before that.
Andrew Shovlintrack engineering director of the team, commented that some of the novelties could be ready for the first edition of the Miami Grand Prixwhich will take place next week and will be prior to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya event.
This is how he explained it, in addition to how the team is after Imola: “It was a difficult weekend. We know where we are right now, we know what difference we have to make up to get where we want to bebut as a team we are very focused on the engineering challenge that it represents, and that is very interesting. The problems are new to us and we have to understand and comprehend them, so we are investing a lot of energy“, he commented.
“Day by day, we are moving forward and learning more about it, and hopefully soon, maybe in miamiwe can start to get some parts to the car that give us an indication of whether we’re moving in the right direction. We don’t expect to solve this overnight.but if we can get a hint that we’re going in the right direction, that we really get to the bottom of what’s going on, then we’ll be pretty satisfied that we’re moving in the right direction.“, It is finished.
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