Mercedes W13 sidepods not the efficiency differentiator : PlanetF1

George Russell says that the sidepods aren’t the principle influencer of efficiency for Mercedes’ inconsistent W13.

The brand new laws for 2022 represented a serious problem for all groups, Mercedes particularly beneath strain because the outfit that had received the final eight Constructors’ Championships in succession.

However, whereas their 2021 title rivals Pink Bull delivered a challenger greater than able to persistently competing on the entrance beneath the recent laws, Mercedes are but to rise to that problem.

Their W13 has proven flashes of main efficiency, Russell taking his first profession pole in Hungary, whereas Lewis Hamilton was in competition to win the Dutch Grand Prix, however, because the Belgian and Italian rounds confirmed both aspect of these GPs, the W13 isn’t but able to competing towards Pink Bull and Ferrari on the entrance on a constant foundation.



Mercedes went down a really completely different route with the design of their 2022 automotive, most placing have been the slender sidepods, generally known as a ‘zero-pod’ idea.

The Silver Arrows should resolve whether or not they want to keep on with this idea for 2023.

Put to him by Sky Sports activities F1 that the W13 appears to be an actual “Jekyll and Hyde” automotive, Russell replied: “Yeah, I feel we perceive precisely why at circuits like Zandvoort and Budapest, why we have been aggressive, and we perceive why on circuits like this [Monza] and Spa we have been uncompetitive.

“That doesn’t imply that we will remedy the problems in a single day, however we’ve obtained to maintain on creating this automotive and subsequent 12 months will kind of be an evolution of this, and I feel now we do have a very clear path on how you can develop the automotive.”

Russell although doesn’t imagine that the sidepods are the principle issue behind Mercedes’ stage of efficiency.

As a substitute, he thinks {that a} wider view is required to seek out the problems.

Requested if this then implies that it’s not a case of taking a look at Pink Bull or Ferrari for inspiration, Russell mentioned: “I feel nothing is off the desk, for certain.

“We’ve clearly obtained a reasonably distinctive design with these sidepods, it’s not off the playing cards that we’ll proceed with that design, nevertheless it’s equally not off the playing cards that we’ll completely change philosophy.

“However in the end, whether or not we’ve the vast sidepods or the slender sidepods, that isn’t the efficiency differentiator, there’s extra to it.”

With six rounds of the season remaining, Mercedes sit P3 within the Constructors’ Championship, 35 factors behind Ferrari.


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