Formula 1

Mercedes ruling out concept change, for now

Mercedes ruling out concept change, for now

Mercedes is not yet at the stage where it needs to make a undeniability on whether it continues with its current car concept or drops it for a new tideway in 2023, equal to Toto Wolff.

Despite winning eight straight constructors’ championships, Mercedes has struggled compared to Ferrari and Red Bull under the new regulations and sits a afar third this year.

The team’s car has extremely small sidepods that were unveiled at the final pre-season test in Bahrain but the concept has proven difficult to pericope performance from on a regular basis, with Mercedes struggling with wavy at many venues and then stuff off the pace in Monaco despite a increasingly competitive showing in Spain.

“If you want to transpiration concept you need to understand what’s going to make the new concept faster than the current one, and I think if we would have known we would have washed-up it,” Wolff said. “So at the moment we’re still very much in the structure and our organization and trying to bring minutiae and understanding in order to increase the pace of the car.

Mercedes ruling out concept change, for now


“At a unrepealable stage if we still do not manage to tropical that gap I think we need to protract to grind yonder and then if decisions for next year need to be taken that can’t be reverted on the current car – whether it’s architectural or aerodynamically – then yeah these decisions need to happen, but we’re not at that point yet.

“At least we are going to get some increasingly wind tunnel time from the end of June onwards, then we are coming back!”

While Monaco provides a very specific rencontre from a racing point of view, there are spin characteristics that trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin says are similar to the next venue in Baku that could make for flipside tough weekend.

“Certainly, it was a lot harder to get the car to work virtually Monaco than it was in Barcelona,” Shovlin said. “In Barcelona we had shown that we had good race pace, plane though we know there is still work to do to tropical the gap to Red Bull and to Ferrari but the rencontre of Monaco is the low speed nature, it’s a very bumpy spin and we were struggling with the ride of the car.

“That was well-expressed the conviction of the drivers to siphon speed and it just meant that we couldn’t run it as tropical to optimum as we had been worldly-wise to do in Spain.

“Baku might present some similar challenges, we are working on areas though to try and modernize that ride, try and be worldly-wise to run the car a bit closer to its optimum window but we are well enlightened that in wing to subtracting wiring performance to the car, we’ve got to make it work over a wider range of circuits.

“So, these are all things that we are rented with in the next week in preparation for Baku but moreover longer term considering there are other challenging tracks that will come up.

“But all of those projects are stuff worked on really nonflexible considering the team and the drivers are drastic to get when to the front.”