Mercedes says Hamilton and Russell tested different wing settings

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Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were testing different wing settings at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix FP1.

Mercedes has been battling serious car issues in the first four races of the 2022 season, the biggest of which is heavy porpoising.

In an effort to solve this issue, Mercedes is still performing tests over race weekends, so in Friday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix first free practice the team used different rear wing settings for Hamilton and Russell.

More specifically Lewis used a rear wing with a cut-out in the trailing edge of the upper flap, along with a Gurney trim, while Russell used the more standard higher downforce version.

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As it was determined that the higher downforce wing was a better option, Lewis’ car was switched to that setting ahead of Friday’s Qualifying.

Mercedes’ Andrew Shovlin says the differences were ultimately very small.

“[It was] a slight difference but not so much as it will change the way the cars are behaving,” Shovlin explained.

“We’ve just got Lewis on a slightly lower level than George. But you’re just talking a couple of kph on the straights,” the Briton concluded.

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