Toto Wolff, team head of Mercedes F1, said another difficult weekend in Miami provided “answers and guidance” on where to go in W13. And the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, the setting for pre-season testing, is an ideal place to try out these potential solutions.
Mercedes F1 finished 5th and 6th in Miami, but given the fight against the car, it probably scored more points than they could.
However, Toto Wolff believes Ferrari and Red Bull were in front of the Mercedes F1 and that contrasting luck helped George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finish fifth and sixth fr.
“With the third fastest car, we have extracted the biggest possible points in Miami,” Toto Wolff said in a preview of the Spanish Grand Prix.
“Given George’s starting position (P12), it was a great recovery drive that was helped when the safety car was deployed, but it was strong throughout the weekend and went on to reach fifth place without neutralizing the race. The timing was disappointing for Lewis, who was there. There will definitely be a little luck towards him throughout the season. “
“During Friday’s practice, the car showed a flash of its true potential. We continued experimenting with the setup and installed some new components, which provided answers and guidance as to which direction to go. Obtained “
If things don’t improve, there is a suggestion that Mercedes F1 may have to abandon the W13’s “zero pod” design to eliminate the “population” that was characteristic of previous seasons.
“A lot of effort is being put into the factory to get the data out of Miami and turn it into an improvement in Barcelona,” explained Toto Wolff.
“The car has evolved significantly since it ran in the winter test, so it will be a good place to correlate information about the current car. We hope to take it one step further.”
“The truck itself is a great all-rounder, so we test every aspect of the car. It was never the best course for overtaking, so how these new shapes of 2022 F1 cars will affect the spectacle on the Spanish course. Would be interesting to see. “
“In basketball terms, we’re heading to Barcelona at the end of the first quarter of the game. Even after converting what we’ve learned into track performance, we still have to play a lot of games.”
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