Toto Wolff: “I think we are now specialists in bouncing”

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Toto Wolff says it seemed Mercedes has cured porpoising in Friday’s Miami Grand Prix free practice, but on Saturday it became clear it was still there.

Mercedes had a promising Friday in Miami, when George Russell topped the second free practice session.

Mercedes’ main problem – the porpoising, seemed to be mostly cured, but on Saturday the car reverted back to its old bouncy self.

After the race, team boss Toto Wolff admitted the cure for the W13’s woes is yet to be found.

“It seemed [in free practice] that the low downforce set-up worked and helped for the porpoising,” the Austrian said after the race.

“But obviously the track [during Qualifying] gripped up and there was more wind, so it looks like it didn’t cure the porpoising.

“I think we are now specialists in bouncing, and we can divide that into various categories. Whether it’s porpoising or bouncing or bottoming, it’s the full range – we will not slice that up.

“But, fundamentally, it’s always the same problem.”


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Wolff was then asked how Mercedes is going about getting more downforce, while simultaneously struggling with porpoising.

“I think that everybody tries to chase downforce with a degree of ground effect,” he explained.

“That’s obviously a tricky balance to get, because if we’re able to put it right there, your car’s gonna be very quick and generate downforce.

“If you’re not there, or if you get it wrong, it’s what’s happening to us at the moment.

“I think there is an easy route out, and you just say, ‘Well, we are not able to generate it over the floor, you patch it up, make it stiffer’, and then you see where you end up in performance.

“That’s probably faster than we are today, but we haven’t yet capitulated and gone back to the simpler solutions,” Wolff concluded.

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