Mercedes ‘stunned’ that no different F1 crew discovered the zero-sidepod loophole in 2022 F1 rules

Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott not too long ago shared how his crew efficiently made vital adjustments to their sidepods after discovering a loophole within the newest rules. The Silver Arrows struggled rather a lot within the 2022 F1 season, however they got here up with some drastic adjustments to their automobile that nobody anticipated.

Chatting with Auto Motor und Sport, Elliot revealed how Mercedes have been stunned that no different crew might discover the loophole and check out the zero-sidepod change on their vehicles. He additionally defined how the crew tried to see variations in efficiency on every monitor to check the brand new sidepod, saying:

“We have been stunned that nobody else discovered this loophole. As soon as you have gone this route, it’s totally laborious to repeat anything. We solely have a partial view of issues. We solely see what our automobile is doing. It’s tough to guage how the opposite ideas will react. We tried to know the problems and get ready to foretell the variation in efficiency from monitor to trace. It has nothing to do with the form of the sidepods, however extra to do with how we designed the automobile and what targets we set.”

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