Mercedes’ W13 porpoising ‘solved’, however all vehicles too stiff

Toto Wolff believes Mercedes’ porpoising points are behind them however that he believes all of the vehicles on the grid are nonetheless too stiff.

Of all of the vehicles, the W13 has seemed just like the one most prone to porpoising as Mercedes went from dominant front-runners to midfield battlers.

The group tried seemingly every thing, with Lewis Hamilton typically being the guinea pig, in an try to discover a answer and unlock the potential of the automobile – nevertheless it was not till the Spanish Grand Prix that an actual change was seen.

Final outing in Canada, the automobile once more seemed improved with a P3 end for Hamilton and a P4 for George Russell, main group boss Wolff to consider the worst of their issues are behind them.

“I believe in a method we now have dissected what we outline as porpoising or bouncing, and it’s that the porpoising, which is the aerodynamic motion of the automobile, I believe that’s solved and we bought on high of this round Barcelona,” he stated, as reported by


“It’s extra that the experience of the vehicles is de facto what causes the feedback of the drivers. The vehicles are merely all too stiff. The kerb experience is unhealthy, the bump experience is unhealthy and I’d say that now, with dissecting this drawback, you may sort out it higher.”

Wolff is hoping that with the modifications, the W13 could be extra according to its rivals and, having stated earlier within the season they can’t work on different areas till the porpoising is mounted, they’ll begin competing with their rivals on an equal floor.

“What we see within the vehicles is simply the stiffness,” he stated. “You take a look at a number of the gradual motions from the 2 main vehicles and the Alpines, you see that they’re bouncing off the kerb in a really arduous method.

“That is what the drivers truly complained about, the stiffness of the automobile. That is one thing we have to take a look at: how we will scale back the influence. And naturally, the smoother the monitor, the higher. The decrease the kerbs, the much less we see this phenomenon.

“I believe we simply have to put extra load within the automobile, extra downforce and equally try this with a automobile that’s not as low on the bottom as we anticipated.

“It’s a transparent course: you may see the vehicles going greater. And that is the place we have to discover the efficiency.”

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