Mercedes, new developments on the W13 at Silverstone

Mercedes, new developments on the W13 at Silverstone
Mercedes, new developments on the W13 at Silverstone

Mike Elliott, Mercedes technical director, contextualizes the placings obtained in Montreal. Podium yes, with Hamilton. But how? “Let’s be real, Leclerc wasn’t there, Perez wasn’t there either and it’s not that we were given those placings, because we deserved them, however, we would have finished fifth and sixth if they had been there “.

Navigating between technical directives, second anti-porpoising tie-rods tested and then removed – waiting for the meeting of the technical table between the teams and the FIA ​​-, the weekend in Canada reserved another podium and the awareness that development is needed to improve a W13 still far from the Ferrari and Red Bull references.

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New pieces in addition to “understanding”

“It’s nice to see that we have found a little more speed on Sunday, we have found a direction and we are starting to understand our problems. But we are very realistic, with our feet on the ground and we know that we will have to work a lot.

We need to translate this understanding into components to take to the track and make the car faster. We are trying to do it as quickly as possible “Elliott continues.

A critical car in the ability to express potential. Solved porpoising with the package introduced in Barcelona, ​​he discovered a necessary – extreme, however low from the ground – operating height of the single-seater and rigidity of the set-up. Which brings the consequences of a worrying rebound on bumpy tracks. The ideal squaring of the circle should produce load under less extreme conditions.

W13 is still behind Ferrari and Red Bull

“We will bring new parts to Silverstone to try to advance the car, try to extract speed from the car or the package we have, as well as from the new parts we will introduce.

At the same time, we have to be honest with ourselves and say that at the moment we are just a little behind the former, Ferrari and Red Bull. In a normal race, I think it will be difficult to think about winning “.

It echoes Hamilton’s considerations, however, to question Mercedes’ performance on the very fast corners, between the Copse and the Becketts sequence.

Silverstone will be a bit more suited to us, as was Barcelona, but it will be a bit difficult. Whatever happens, we will push as hard as we can. We want to win again. “

The article is in Italian


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