RUMOUR: Mercedes working on a new floor design

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La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Mercedes is currently working on a new floor design, aimed at increasing downforce that was lost due to new regulations.

Mercedes has been struggling with an unstable rear end of the car since pre-season testing, and the problems continued into the Bahrain Grand Prix. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the team was looking into a new floor concept since testing, but it is as of yet unknown if the new design will be ready in time for next weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Mercedes has already indicated that the new regulations, which favour high-rake concept cars, were aimed at slowing them down, since they have been using the low-rake concept for years.

Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin already indicated the team would be facing a tough time in the next two races.

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“Looking to Imola and looking to Portimao I don’t think we’re good enough in high speed,” Shovlin said after the Bahrain Grand Prix.

“There’s plenty of that in Imola and Portimao And that’s one area that they’ve [Red Bull] got an advantage.

“There’s elements that I think will move us in the right direction like we have struggled with the rear end here in Bahrain. Those circuits will be easier in that regard.

“But as I said, high speed is something that we wouldn’t be naive in thinking that can be a strength of ours at those tracks.”

Hopefully the reports from our Italian colleagues are true, and Mercedes will be able to introduce the new design sooner rather than later.

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