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

Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott just lately shared how his crew efficiently made important modifications to their sidepods after discovering a loophole within the newest rules. The Silver Arrows struggled quite a bit within the 2022 F1 season, however they got here up with some drastic modifications to their automotive that nobody anticipated.

Talking to Auto Motor und Sport, Elliot revealed how Mercedes have been stunned that no different crew may discover the loophole and take a look at 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 extremely arduous to repeat anything. We solely have a partial view of issues. We solely see what our automotive is doing. It’s troublesome to evaluate how the opposite ideas will react. We tried to grasp the problems and get able 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 automotive and what objectives we set.”

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