New Mercedes hope: "experiments" in Miami

Before the fifth race of the Formula 1 season, Mercedes draws new hope.

by Faruk Imamovic
New Mercedes hope: "experiments" in Miami

Before the fifth race of the Formula 1 season, Mercedes draws new hope. The "Silver Arrows" dare an "experiment" at the Miami premiere. So far the season has been one to forget for the World Constructors' Team for the last eight years.

Ferrari and Red Bull have rushed, and Mercedes has landed in midfield. While George Russell still ended up in pot five, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is struggling with the "stubborn" W13. In Imola, the Briton even received the maximum penalty.

Hamilton scored no points and was lapped by race winner Max Verstappen. The problem with the "Silver Arrows" is the so-called "porpoising", the "hopping" of the car on the straight. No racing car is as restless as the W13. If you want to get the "jumping" under control, the car has to be tuned higher.

This leads to more drag, making the "Silver Arrow" slower. "experiments" In any case, experts agree: With the narrow sidepods, Mercedes has chosen the most radical – and probably also the fastest – concept. However, the team must first learn to understand it.

The racing team could now have taken the first step. At least team boss Toto Wolff was confident before the premiere of the Miami Grand Prix. “Since we returned from Italy, we’ve learned as much from the weekend as we can and, in parallel, our learning has continued in the wind tunnel and simulations,” said Wolff.

“We have found several directions for improving the car, and we will be conducting experiments in Miami to correlate those simulations, and hopefully confirm the development path for the coming races.

That's why Miami will be a "test balloon."

The team boss is already certain that Mercedes will make the leap out of the crisis.

“This team has shown its resilience over many years and the difficult start to this season has lit a fire within every team member, determined to put it right,” added Wolff. “The saying ‘smooth seas do not make good sailors’ comes to mind”.

However, it's another sign that Mercedes has - more or less - written off the season. Now it's about getting the car going. The concept is not in question. “Miami is an exciting new challenge and a complete step into the unknown,” said Wolff.

“The track looks demanding, with a real mix of low and high-speed corners, and it’s set to be a spectacular showcase for the sport to our growing US fanbase. “Both drivers have been working in the simulator ahead of Miami and the factories have been busy producing updates for the next races,” he added. “We’re set for a fantastic event, and we can’t wait to see how it all plays out”.