Scott Mitchell says the Mercedes W13 “still needs a lot of work”

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The Race’s Scott Mitchell says even though Mercedes solved their porpoising issues, “other limitations” still “need to be addressed”.

In his The Race column, F1 journalist Scott Mitchell took a look at the state of the Mercedes W13 ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

“At the start of the 2022 Formula 1 season the core reason for Mercedes’ lack of performance was one specific problem: porpoising,” Mitchell wrote.

“That significant hurdle has been overcome but Mercedes’ 2022 car still has other limitations that need to be addressed if either Lewis Hamilton or George Russell have any real hope of winning races this season.”

Mitchell went on to write it is yet to be determined if Mercedes wants to continue stick to their current car concept.

“So, how much progress Mercedes can make with the 2022 car depends on exactly how much it needs to be changed,” he explained.

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“And there are still questions being asked of Mercedes about the current concept or if the focus needs to switch on readying a different design for 2023.

“Mercedes’ answer is still that this will only be valid if the conclusion is it needs to make an architectural or aerodynamic change that cannot be implemented on the current car. Wolff says that point still has not been reached.

“What’s clear is that the W13 still needs a lot of work,” Mitchell concluded.

You can read Mitchell’s full analysis in his The Race column.

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