F1 News: “I don’t think it’s a silver bullet”
Mercedes had a difficult start to the 2022 F1 season with mixed results at the fourth round of the championship at Imola. The team is now hoping for its first major upgrade at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix to significantly improve its results over the remainder of the season.
At a pre-race press conference in Florida, George Russell revealed the team has been learning and growing since day one. He pointed out that the Silver Arrows are finally getting to a point where they are confident about the future, saying:
“Of course we have a few things to try this weekend. I don’t think it’s a magic bullet, but it will give us a much better indication of the direction of future events and I think these last two weeks and months since day one have been key in understanding the problem and developing the tools to be able to find solutions and I think we are finally getting to a point where we are confident that you know, in the races to come, maybe we can solve it. But we’ll have to wait and see.
Mercedes secured its first podium of the season at the Australian Grand Prix with a third place finish for George Russell. The Brackley-based team currently sit third in the constructors’ standings.
‘Trial and error’ – Mercedes desperate for solutions to its porpoising problems
Ahead of the Miami Grand Prix, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff revealed the team was working to understand where it went wrong and what it could do to improve.
As reported by Sports carthe Austrian described each race weekend as a “live experience”, saying:
“I think we’re trying to find a solution that doesn’t just fix the rebound. You can fix the floor and make it stiffer, but you lose downforce and at least make the car more stable, but that’s not the direction we’re going. Unfortunately, without testing, every race weekend is a bit of a live experience. You can’t duplicate the bounce we see on the track in the wind tunnel. And so, it’s like the good old days, it’s a bit of trial and error, what does it actually do in real life?
Wolff added saying:
“Therefore, we are looking at a few directions where we think they might help us solve the problem in the long term without losing downforce quality by simply lifting it or fixing the ground. There will be adjustments to the car this weekend where we think we can get some direction, but the performance of the car, we won’t unlock it from one weekend to the next.
Mercedes have pinned their hopes on the upgrades planned for the Miami GP to improve their performance for the rest of the season.