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Formula 1: Mercedes has not decided on the concept of the new car

The new design of the Mercedes W13 It has not given the expected result so far this Formula 1 season. The German cars have gone from widely domi


The new design of the Mercedes W13 It has not given the expected result so far this season. The German cars have gone from widely dominating the championship to being the third team on the grid. While at the Mercedes headquarters, Brackley did not succeed, in Milton Keynes, Red Bull headquarters, they hit the key: the RB18 is the best car of 2022.

Andrew Shovlin, British Team Track Engineer, recognized the superiority of Red Bull, which “has the best concept”, and in statements in Monza reproduced by European media, he confirmed that they have not yet opted for a specific idea for next season’s car: “I think the rules change next year, and that is going to change how people see development of the car. As a team we still haven’t decided what next year’s car is going to look like, we are exploring different concepts.”

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From 2023, the teams on the Formula 1 grid will have to raise the ends of the floor by 15 millimeters, as well as the height of the diffuser and its hardness, with the aim of reducing the controversial pouring. While, in Red Bull, they consider that the pontoons They are only part of the puzzle. pierre wache, technical director of the team, advises not to close to a single concept: “If you change the concept of a car, it will be difficult to find a benefit. You have to have an open mind in how you see the car and in the concept of the car for the future”

One team that hasn’t got the car concept right this year is Aston-Martin, ninth in the constructors’ championship. Tom McCullough, performance director of the British team, acknowledges that at Silverstone they took two routes in the development phase: “We designed the chassis with two different radiator installations, and when the season started we chose one that we already had at the beginning, more similar to the current Red Bull one.