Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says the team is hoping to make “a step that is going to get us back to regular pole positions and being able to challenge for wins”.
Since the new Formula 1 rules have been introduced in 2022, Mercedes has encountered numerous issues with its car – the most prominent of which has been the ‘bouncing’.
In the team’s Hungarian Grand Prix debrief video, Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin explained the team is now not as focused as it once was on solving issues, but are instead able to just look for performance.
“It is fair to say that with these regulations and the way the cars work, we have been very focused on fixing problems,” the Briton said.
“It might be bouncing or a balance issue that you are trying to solve. But as we are making progress on that, the actual way that you develop a car is you are more looking for just performance.
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“So you get less focused on a big list of things that you need to solve, and more just on where we can bring the lap time.
“The focus for next year’s car is that we make sure the key decisions give us a lot of scope for development.
“You can see this year just how much performance all the teams are bringing as they go through the year, and you need to be able to bring that performance.
“But as I said, we are a little bit less focused on solving this list of issues and just looking at how can we make a good step in lap time.
“And hopefully a step that is going to get us back to regular pole positions and being able to challenge for wins,” Shovlin concluded.