Mercedes, in a difficult moment due to the change of car for 2023
The German automaker is yet to 100% understand the W13, whose performance is wildly inconsistent, and time is running out if the team wants to do something completely different next year.
But his choice is hard to make because he doesn’t quite understand everything that’s wrong with his 2022 design, and he doesn’t really have the opportunity to try radically different ideas this year.
This means the team might have to bet blindly on a new direction for next season, knowing that there is no guarantee it will get better.
Mercedes manager, It’s WolfHe said the factory was already discussing its concept car for 2023 and the team should make a decision as soon as possible.
“It’s a very difficult situation because obviously we have a certain concept car,” he explained. “It’s not like we can experiment a lot this year and just try to check things out.”
“So whatever we decide for next year has to be carefully assessed because it’s clear that our data is not giving us results and it doesn’t match reality. We have big variations in performance that we we can’t control.”
“Right now if you’re making a decision for next year, whatever it is, like drastically changing the concept, how can you be sure that’s the best direction to go because clearly we’re going to start a a little behind our rivals?
While Mercedes has decided to opt this year for a concept “without pontoon”, unlike the “faded“Red Bull Racing and the”in the wash“For Ferrari, the biggest difference between the cars is how and where they produce their downforce.
The mercedes It only seems to be at its best when the car is driving very low to the ground, which is why it had so many porpoising and ground collision issues.
Red Bull seem to be on the other side of the coin as they seem to be at their best in taking the car to greater heights, and that’s one of the reasons they were so dominant at Spa-Francorchamps on Last weekend.
Wolff is clear that a change in concept for Mercedes would go far beyond just adjusting the sidepods.
“It’s quite difficult to say what the concept is,” he lamented. “Is it the chassis in its current form? What is it? Is it the weight distribution? Is it the mechanical and aerodynamic balance? Is it the body concept?”
“You look at all these different pillars of the car and maybe we leave some of what we have and take the rest out? That’s what we’re looking at right now.”
Mercedes’ situation has also not been helped by the arrival of the cost cap in F1, and it will have to juggle financial constraints. The options of the past of spending big bucks on a B-spec chassis no longer exist.
“Look at the chassis… we couldn’t introduce a new chassis at this stage of the season,” said Wolff.
“We have a huge overweight on the car, which we couldn’t control as we are testing parts on the car to fix our various issues. So we can’t afford that, period.”
“So what was intended by introducing the cost cap was very targeted. That’s what they wanted: to make sure that big teams couldn’t waste money.”
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