Mercedes ‘still adapting’ to new F1 schedule which hinders finding Lewis Hamilton solution

MERCEDES have endured a sluggish begin to the 2022 season.

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Mercedes have not but labored out the up to date F1 weekend timetable amid a worrying begin to the 2022 season, admits the Silver Arrows’ trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin. F1 modified the timetable in response to requires the game to take higher care of drivers and group workers. And the restricted time allowed to make adjustments to automobiles previous to a race is limiting the quantity of labor Mercedes can do in looking for an answer to Lewis Hamilton’s porpoising points.

The annual race calendar continues to develop, this season internet hosting 22 race weekends with the prospect of 23 if the Russian Grand Prix is changed. And F1 has been pressured to place measures in place to guard personnel’s bodily and psychological well being.

As a result of expanded curfews, workers can now not spend as a lot time working within the paddock at every occasion. However given Mercedes’ early-season woes, group personnel would doubtless recognize extra time to develop the W13. And Shovlin has defined how they’re but to adapt to the up to date work hours.

He mentioned: “Thursday, we used to have the ability to begin every time we wished, however now there’s a begin and an finish time to that. That offers you an 11-hour day which, for a day on the circuit, that’s truly fairly a brief day. And likewise, on a Thursday, you aren’t allowed to fireplace up the facility unit till 4pm in Europe.

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Mercedes 'still adapting' to new F1 schedule which hinders finding Lewis Hamilton solution

Mercedes have struggled this season. (Picture: GETTY)

“And once more, you’re going to be ending at 8pm on a traditional Thursday, in order that preparation time, the time to construct the automobiles, has been a lot constrained. After qualifying, one other shrinking of the time out there, the place the mechanics, by the point they get the automobiles again from the FIA, will solely have a matter of half an hour earlier than the covers are on.

“It does give us extra free time on the weekend. You are not working such lengthy hours, and everybody can get a bit extra sleep. However in the meanwhile, we’re nonetheless adapting to these adjustments and understanding how you can organise the workflow across the weekend.”

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Mercedes 'still adapting' to new F1 schedule which hinders finding Lewis Hamilton solution

The Australian GP returns this weekend. (Picture: EXPRESS)

Hamilton’s automobile has suffered essentially the most from Mercedes’ porpoising points, aggressively bouncing while driving at excessive speeds. And the seven-time world champion has already been broadly written off on this season’s title battle, with Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc presently tussling on the entrance of the grid.

However Purple Bull and Ferrari figures publicly stay cautious of Mercedes’ risk when their early issues are solved. And there will probably be frustration within the paddock that they’ve much less time than of their period of dominance to make tweaks and enhancements to return to the title body.


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