Mercedes ‘falling into traps’ with F1 automotive set-up

In essence the Brackley-based outfit believes that it has addressed the porpoising drawback, and as an alternative it’s now coping with bouncing and bottoming with a really stiff automotive.

Russell says that each time the crew modifications one thing on the automotive one other situation crops up.

He provides that each venue is creating its personal challenges for the engineers, and so he does not know what to anticipate on the subsequent race at Silverstone.

“I might wish to assume the high-speed nature ought to go well with us barely extra,” he stated when requested about his residence occasion.

“However there isn’t any ensures, each single monitor we have gone to, it is form of thrown an unknown at us.

“And we’re going through totally different points each single race weekend. So I might wish to assume we’ll be extra aggressive, however I actually do not know.”

Requested to broaden on his “totally different points” remark he stated: “Simply with the general automotive, we form of remedy one situation and we fall into one other lure.

“Porpoising has been solved. However then once you run the automotive near the bottom, we’re hitting the bottom fairly aggressively.

“There does not appear to be any candy spot in the meanwhile.”

George Russell, Mercedes-AMG, on the grid with team mates

George Russell, Mercedes-AMG, on the grid with crew mates

Picture by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Photos

Mercedes tweaked to the next rideheight in Montreal, however Russell stated it did not appear to influence efficiency, as he continued his streak of high 5 finishes with fourth place on the Canadian Grand Prix – aided by Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez retiring and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ending fifth having began on the again on account of grid penalties.

“We have run excessive, we have run low,” he stated. “And the efficiency hasn’t improved or decreased, and the stiffness and the bottoming hasn’t actually modified, surprisingly, I feel.

“Even once you run excessive, you’ve totally different results. Once you run low, you’ve totally different results. It is a actually difficult iteration of automotive to get on high of.”

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He conceded that the crew nonetheless has loads of work to do: “Yesterday regarded very promising at instances. However the precise tempo deficit to the front-running automotive was nonetheless fairly substantial.

“So though it regarded on paper to have been a little bit of an enchancment, we’re nonetheless a great distance from the place we have to be. So we’ve not made an enormous quantity of progress as but.

“However we’re nonetheless working as exhausting as we will to shut the hole.”

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