Formula 1 | Mercedes F1: Technical Director Elliott is enthusiastic about the developments of the W13

Miami’s upgrades to Mercedes (new fins) hadn’t really changed the porpoise situation. Those of Barcelona (pontoons and flat bottom), on the other hand, seem to have some efficiency: times are improving in free practice and especially the porpoise seems to be greatly reduced.

Lewis Hamilton has already praised the Mercedes engineers for their hard work.

Mike Elliott, the technical director, confirms: Mercedes has made a step forward.

“After Miami, we looked at the data and tried to figure out what happened between Friday, Saturday and Sunday and a few leads came out. »

“The package that we’ve brought here … we’re certainly able to run the car much closer to its optimal operating window, so there’s a loss of downforce that we can avoid with the more appropriate ride height. and the car is much more stable. »

The progress made by Mercedes has a direct impact on the body language of its drivers, the Technical Director continued. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are much more relaxed!

“The drivers look happy now. The body language emanating from them says they smell like a car that looks a little more like a race car, but until we get into qualifying and the race it’s hard to know where we are. »

So is Mercedes sticking with its zero pontoon concept? It will without a doubt depend on the Barcelona weekend.

“As far as the overall concept of the car is concerned, it is still a bit early to say anything. We’ve changed the car so much for this weekend that we need to figure out how to make the most of it. »

“We need to find out how much extra lap time she can do and then assess if we think that’s the best direction for development. »

“But there’s a budget cap that we’re facing and as a result you have to make good decisions about what we’re doing for the rest of this year, but also what we’re doing for next year. »

Especially for Lewis Hamilton, who seemed almost dejected after a few races, if confirmed, this Mercedes return would only be a just reward for Elliott.

“I think we all have expectations including the drivers and we would have hoped not to be in the position we are in at the start of the season and that has been difficult for the whole team. »

“What happened at the end of last season was tough for Lewis and to see him come back and run with us the way he is doing is brilliant. He’s got a team-mate in George who isn’t easy to beat and that’s great for the team. »

“Unfortunately, if you look at the first five races, Lewis was a bit unlucky with the safety car. »

“But I couldn’t dream of two better drivers for the future. They really help us develop the car and steer it in the right direction. »

“If we can give them a car that they can compete with, I’m sure they’ll both push really hard and hopefully Lewis can win another championship. »

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