Toto Wolff explains Mercedes’ problems with data correlation

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff reveals that there is possibly a full second difference between the W13’s performance on the track and in the simulator.

Mercedes is not hiding the fact that they didn’t anticipate the porpoising issues that is affecting their car, while they were testing it in the simulator and the wind tunnel.

In the past Mercedes has had good correlation between on-track performance and the performance they anticipated back at the factory, but this year it has not been the case.

However, team boss Toto Wolff says he believes they will get it right eventually.

“I believe that we are going to get it nailed on with this car as well,” the Austrian said.

“You can see that many other teams like Ferrari still have some bouncing but they have done many other things right that we missed out on, or that we didn’t perform very well.

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“And same for Red Bull. Their car got quick from one day to the other in Bahrain testing by bringing the update.

“This car is very difficult to correlate because you can only move the car with a certain frequency in the wind tunnel, where it’s just limited, and on track it does something completely different.

“This is a new way of analysing aero data, it’s a new way of correlation between the simulations and the real world which needs to be understood.

“But we have the tools and the people to understand that, but we haven’t found that yet.”

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