THE mercedes ends the first double round of the 2022 season of Formula 1 – you Bahrain GP and give Saudi Arabia – lots of unanswered questions. Even though he is in second place in the Constructors’ World Cup, it is well known that this is a circumstantial situation: Ferrari and red bull have better cars than the Silver Arrows by a wide margin. And while the blame for the problems lies with two specific issues, Mercedes highlights one and downplays the other.
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German magazine Auto Motor und Sport has reviewed the team’s performance so far. In Bahrain, the difference with mercedes for the pole was 0s680. On Sunday, when the safety car appeared after the Pierre Gasly problem, the gap between the leader Charles Leclerc and Hamilton was 38s275, meaning a loss of 0s89 per lap.
Already there JeddahRussell was 0s904 behind the pole Sergio Perez and in the 30 laps between the end of the safety car period caused by the Nicolas Latifi accident and the end of the race, Russell was 32.732 seconds behind the winner Max Verstappen. That’s a loss of 1s09 per turn. The vehicle indicates that the mercedes lost about 11 km/h per lap red bull on the straights, while the losses in the most unfavorable corner were 15 to 20 km/h for the Ferrari.
The slowness has an explanation. THE mercedes suffer more than any other team from porpoising, car bouncing as a side effect of ground effect. To try to reduce the problem, the team chose to increase the rear wing and to weigh down the racing car to bounce less, but also slower. The W13, today, is one of the heaviest cars on the grid.
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