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Mercedes didn’t have the tools to solve W13 problems

Mercedes W13, Six Sports

Mercedes has come out to confess that the development of W13 was affected by the unavailability of some crucial tools back at the factory.

Silver Arrows are still hunting for their first victory this season. The team was severely affected by the bouncing induced due to the design of the new regulations.

The Brackley-based squad has stayed behind Red Bull and Ferrari for much of the season.

The design of W13 has proved to be ineffective for the new regulations. Mercedes’ W13 has suffered from bouncing, lack of performance, and poor ride.

The team believes that they have reached the bottom of the issues. The team now focuses on producing a car good enough to compete at the front in 2023.

Toto Wolff makes a revelation on Mercedes’ performance

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has revealed that earlier during the season, the data received from the factory was not helping in the development of W13:

“We lacked the tools, the simulations and the understanding in uncovering the problems that we created, with the way the car was developed,” 

explained Wolff.

“We couldn’t run it where we wanted to run it aerodynamically, and mechanically it was never in the sweet spot. It took us months to undo some of the steps we’ve done.

“So it’s not that I believe we’ve discovered the Holy Grail and we understand everything and it’s going to be a blast next year.

“But this is now a crucial period: literally over the next one to two months we need, with a certain degree of precision, to understand what needs to be done for next year.”

Although Mercedes has still not managed to win the team is optimistic that the winter break will help them prepare better for the next season.

Lewis Hamilton has faith in his team

Lewis Hamilton is also optimistic looking at the development of W14 and believes the team will be back in the front:

“There is potential in the car,”

said the seven-time world champion.

“We’ve got downforce, it’s just in some places we’re not able to utilise it. And ride quality, of course, is an area that we can always be better. So I’m comfortable the direction that we’re going.

“I have 1000% confidence in the guys back at the factory, who are stringing together all these pieces of the puzzle, and have no doubt that we will be back in a fighting position next year.”

Mercedes hasn’t ruled out a possibility of a different approach for the 2023 design. Trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin said:

“You’d always say that the fastest car is the one that’s got the best concept, so, you know, today that’s going to be Red Bull. Where that goes into next year it’s difficult to say.

“Certainly we, as a team, have not fixed what our car is going to look like. We’re still exploring different concepts. And that process will go on for some time.

But we’re just looking for what will give us the best development opportunity in those new regulations going forward.”

As of now, Mercedes can only fight for P2 in the Constructors Championship.

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