MERCEDES have struggled to seek out the fitting method on their W13 thus far within the 2022 F1 season.
Mercedes made a number of adjustments in Miami (Picture: GETTY)
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F1 reporter Tom Clarkson has famous one thing “uncommon” he noticed within the Mercedes storage final outing on the Miami Grand Prix. The inaugural race in Miami initially appeared as if it was going to show to be a turning level for Mercedes.
The reigning Constructors’ Champions had introduced a raft of upgrades, notably on their entrance wing, to try to enhance their efficiency. And the adjustments paid dividends with George Russell setting the quickest time in FP2.
However the workforce have been unable to translate that efficiency into qualifying and in the end completed means off the tempo of each Ferrari and Pink Bull on Sunday. Extra work might be performed again within the manufacturing facility to try to get the so-far troublesome W13 competing on the entrance of the grid.
Key to that improvement might be Mike Elliott, who succeeded James Allison as Mercedes technical director final yr. However Clarkson observed that Elliott was current in Miami earlier this month, a transfer he discovered “uncommon” for a technical director.
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James Allison (pictured) was changed by Mike Elliott (Picture: GETTY)
And the F1 reporter additionally speculated on how a lot Mercedes have used on their finances for the 2022 automobile and whether or not they’ll quickly swap their focus to subsequent yr.
“How a lot have Mercedes spent on this automobile attempting to type it out?” Clarkson requested on the F1 Nations Podcast. “Sooner or later, the cash goes to expire they usually’re gonna need to decide on ‘are we gonna swap all the pieces onto the 2023 automobile?’.
“Mikey Elliott, their new technical director, he was in Miami. It is all the time fairly uncommon to see technical administrators at fly-away races this early within the season.
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“Most of them are again on the manufacturing facility getting these first upgrades on the automobile and overseeing issues. So for Mikey to be on the observe in Miami, I felt was uncommon. It pointed to them nonetheless attempting to work out how greatest to run the automobile on the observe and he was simply attempting to information the likes of Andrew Shovlin and James Vowles.
“Simply give them any assist he can from a setup viewpoint and getting from them any concepts as to what they should concentrate on again within the manufacturing facility on upgrades.”
Mercedes can have their probability to see in the event that they’ve made any progress this weekend on the Spanish Grand Prix. Whereas the observe in Barcelona is not infamous for having loads of overtaking alternatives, it’s the place most drivers arguably really feel extra comfy having spent hours testing each on observe in pre-season and within the simulator.