This week, the team from Brackley suffered from the phenomenon of bouncing cars, which struck a number of teams during the first pre-season test in Barcelona, Spain.
And, as the exclusive Motorsport.com photo above shows, he was able to overcome the problem only on the last day by adding a few reinforcements to the floor to help better control bending at high speeds, which contributed to his problem.
The team knows that staying is not a solution she can tolerate, so next week a lot of attention will be focused on reviewing the car to find a long-term answer to the headache.
But Lewis Hamilton openly admitted it the team faced some “obstacles” in Barcelonait turned out that the team’s performance in the next test in Bahrain would be boosted by a potentially major upgrade of aerodynamic parts.
The Barcelona squad even suggested that it could include a heavily redesigned area of the side cover to further reduce the car’s drag on the straight and better control the airflow.
George Russell said modernization will be quite common at the opening stage of the championship as teams better understand the potential of the new rules.
“I think we’ll see that with all the teams,” he said. “We have massive changes in regulation. We all arrived in Barcelona with the best estimate of where we need to place the car.
“But obviously there are a lot of things that are different from what some people might have expected. So we need to get away and try to optimize the constraints that we had.
“I think we will see some change in Bahrain, and throughout the season. I am sure that the development bias will be quite fast for everyone. Anyone who manages to achieve this quickly and efficiently will be on top by the end of the season. “
George Russell, Mercedes W13
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Mercedes is no stranger to driving the base car on the first test and then presenting a more final version at the last pre-season launch.
Back in 2019, he introduced a pretty basic car in the first week of action before embarking on a full conversion for the second and final test to get a double in the Formula One championship.
Although Mercedes finished the Barcelona test with a score of 1-2 in the standings, Russell said lap times meant absolutely nothing in terms of car potential.
“It was incredibly intriguing, and there were a lot of unexpected problems for all of us that were pretty visible,” he said.
“Some teams control it pretty well, and some clearly don’t. As for lap time, I don’t think it’s representative.
“Obviously, we were on the softest tire mix, and the C5 is a very strong tire on this track. So even though we were at the top of the spreadsheets, I wouldn’t read too much into it.
“I think Ferrari and McLaren looked incredibly strong. And I think we need to make some improvements because we’re not entirely happy with the car’s balance and the constraints we have at the moment.
“But in the end, it’s just testing. We are here to learn. And I think we did some good experiments this week and got a good idea of the direction we need to go. ”