Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin explains the challenge that awaits the team during the first Sprint Qualifying weekend at Imola.
The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend will feature the first of three Sprint Qualifying sessions of 2022.
Since every track on the calendar is uncharted territory for new 2022 Formula 1 cars, the fact that Sprint Quali weekends have only one practice session before heading straight into Friday’s Qualifying, will make this weekend extra difficult for the teams.
Mercedes’ Andrew Shovlin explains what the team will be facing.
“If you consider the cars and the tyres we had last year, we understood them pretty well,” Shovlin said.
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“We could do work in the simulator, we could come up with a set-up, and we’d be pretty confident we could put it on track and it would work.
“We’re on very much a learning curve with the new cars and the tyres, so that Imola race is going to be difficult.
“If you hit the ground running, you’re probably in for a good weekend. If you put the car on track and it’s a difficult one to deal with, it might be quite painful.
“There’s a lot of focus there on making sure we can get that start set-up in the right place,” the Briton concluded.