Wolff says Mercedes “developments” could unlock “quite some laptime”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff explains the “developments” Mercedes is getting ready for Miami and Barcelona could unlock “quite some laptime”.

Mercedes had its worst weekend yet in 2022 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. After the race Toto Wolff explained what his team is doing to resolve the W13‘s issues.

“We very much believe that the science we are putting in at the moment will help us to, in effect, run the car lower,” the Austrian said.

“It is where we believe we have all the aerodynamic goodness, but we haven’t been able to unlock it because of the bottoming of the car.

“If we are able to get on top of that, that means there’s quite some laptime we can find. If not, we need to have another idea.”

Wolff goes on to again highlight that solving porpoising is the team’s main focus at this point.

“The fundamental issue that, in a way, overshadows everything, is that our car is porpoising more than others.

“Because of the bouncing, we are not able to run it where it should run, and that has huge ramifications on the set-up, on the tyre grip etc, etc, etc.

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“So, one is interlinked to the other. I think if we get on top of the porpoising we would unlock much more in terms of performance on the car.

“If we don’t get on top of that, there are more conventional development paths that we have not yet taken. I want to give us the time to really properly take such a decision.”

After the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Toto apologized to Lewis Hamilton over the radio for Mercedes’ “undriveable” car. Later, while speaking to the media he explained what prompted the message.

“It’s just the car was undriveable in the way it was undriveable before. You see the straight, the way it bounces on the main straight.

“I wonder how the two of them can even keep the car on the track at times. And Lewis deserves better from us.

“But we are a team, so we all need to do the utmost in order to provide him with a machine that is able to fight for front positions,” Wolff concluded.

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