Lewis Hamilton says “people keep talking about getting the new sidepods on the car but it’s not as simple as that”.
After a difficult 2022, Mercedes decided to stick with its ‘zero sidepods’ car concept for one more year, however, the team now admits this might have been the wrong thing to do.
Considering how Red Bull is by far the fastest car on the grid right now, many have suggested that Mercedes just needs to ‘copy’ what the Austrian team did, however Lewis Hamilton explains it’s not that simple.
“I think we have what we have, and we’re going to continue to try to work on it and extract more from it,” the Briton told Sky Sports.
“And we’ll see how quick that can happen, or whether that’s possible with the concept we have.
“And then in the short term we will start to find out whether or not we’ve got to make loads of big, drastic changes, I mean there are drastic changes which we will do.
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“People keep talking about getting the new sidepods on the car but it’s not as simple as that.
“You put the Red Bull sidepods on our car and it won’t change a thing, it literally won’t change a thing, it might even go slower.
“It’s about aero characteristics, it’s how the car is balanced through the corners. There’s so many different elements that people of course would not know because they’re not aerodynamicists and you can’t see it.
“There’s a lot more to it,” Hamilton concluded.