Toto Wolff has defined that Mercedes aren’t bringing any substantial upgrades to the observe any time quickly as they’d simply be “complicated” themselves much more.
After eight seasons of dominating Formulation 1, taking seven Drivers’ titles and profitable an unprecedented eight successive Constructors’ Championships, Mercedes are on the again foot this season.
With all new technical rules in play, Mercedes went for an excessive design when it got here to their W13’s sidepods, dubbed zero-pods, and that, it has been mentioned, is compounding their porpoising points.
The Brackley squad has suffered greater than most with bouncing on the straight, a consequence of utilizing floor impact aerodynamics to create downforce.
Whereas the group tried to shave items of their ground off in a bid to cut back it, that hasn’t labored as they’re buying and selling one lack of downforce for an additional.
And their zero-pods aren’t serving to, because the slim design means there’s much less bodywork to carry the ground in place when the porpoising kicks in.
However regardless of their troubles Mercedes gained’t be introducing a major improve any time quickly.
Wolff defined why.
“I believe we’re simply studying the automotive, we’re studying the tyres,” he mentioned as per Motorsport.com.
“Nothing we did this weekend [in Australia] has unlocked the aerodynamic potential or has decreased the bouncing. We’re nonetheless on the similar place.
“And that’s why it doesn’t make any sense to convey updates, since you’re complicated your self much more.
“Possibly it’s the very fact the extra downforce you convey, the more severe the bouncing will get. So we’re nonetheless studying.”
George Russell revealed after his P3 on the Australian Grand Prix that Mercedes didn’t have any huge upgrades within the pipeline.
As a substitute, mentioned the Briton, they’d be working just a few “little issues” within the hope that it’s going to convey them efficiency within the coming races.
“Sadly there’s nothing substantial within the pipeline anytime quickly,” he mentioned “It’s not going to occur in a single day, it’s going to take numerous races.
“I believe there’ll be little issues, there’ll be incremental steps however we recognise that our rivals are going to be doing the identical so it might not be clear to the surface world that we’ve made progress as a result of Ferrari and Crimson Bull are going to be making progress as nicely.”
Russell heads to Imola for spherical 4 of the marketing campaign sitting second within the Drivers’ Championship, 34 factors behind Charles Leclerc, whereas Mercedes are P2, 39 factors adrift of Ferrari.