It seems that Mercedes will not bring any updates to the upcoming Imola race. At the Grand Prix weekend, riders are once again facing the sprint format introduced last year. The German racing team therefore, like Ferrari, finds it unreasonable to put new things in the car. Although the layout of the circuit should be a little more in favor of W13, the team is still looking forward to a very difficult weekend.
The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is scheduled for next week. Red Bull Racing has already announced that it will bring innovations, but Mercedes sees another challenge. “Imola is going to be very tough because it’s the first weekend of a sprint race,” said Mercedes engineer James Vowles in the race video. Mercedes YouTube channel† “We used to have three free trainings, but now we only have one before we start qualifying. So we can do little and learn little.
Car, motor and sports announces that Mercedes will not bring any updates next weekend at the Grand Prix. That is in line with what George Russell said earlier this week. The driver indicated that no major renovations were planned for the German racing stable. Mercedes hopes the asphalt and slow curves on the track will help, but there are glitches. “The best we can do right now is to be half a second away from the leaders,” said a German media engineer.
Mercedes is not expected to reach the level of Ferrari in 2022
Mercedes still has big problems preaching† It is very important for the team to solve this quickly, but there is also a weight problem. “You need weight first to resolve the collision.” So there is no clear timetable for a solution yet. “We hope that by the end of the year. But it’s too far to say that we are as good as Ferrari. They are fast in every job. It is a difficult task,” the engineer concludes.
Vowles: ‘We never want to lose positions’
Despite the problems, the results of the stable are still good. Russell graduated from the Mercedes podium in Melbourne. However, he received an interesting request from the on-board radio. “We probably never want to lose our place, but it is much more important to end the race. If we had fought on the track, it could have cost our tires, “said Vowles. Russell had to miss Sergio Perez. “It was a simple bait. We were hoping his tires would die, but Pérez escaped easily,” Vowles said.
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