Mercedes is having a tough time at the start of the 2022 championship – something like auto race Pre-season predicted — and now there are concerns about the planned updates.
Silver has won 4 of the last 6 GPs held in Melbourne, but this year’s chances of victory are becoming negligible.
Mercedes’ plan to close the performance gap between Ferrari and Red Bull ahead of next weekend’s 2022 Australian GP has taken a hit.
Silver were planning to use a new floor and rear wing in Melbourne, but the first one is unlikely to be ready in time.
In addition, concerns have been raised about the potential impact of the new wing. And buoyancy has been at the center of his attention due to ground effect aerodynamics.
Brackley’s team made changes to the rear wings during practice for the Saudi Arabia GP and tried to maximize their performance on the straights, but did not find a set-up that came close to the pace of Ferrari and Red Bull. Can you
Replacing the rear wing or replacing the front wing used to make a big difference in performance, but now, since downforce is largely driven by ground effect, these changes have less impact.
According to information released by Ross Brawn himself, the “father” of this new car, many analysts estimate that the wings now represent only 30% of the car’s aerodynamic performance.
The main chassis carries 10% of the load, while the other 60% comes from ground effects, and that’s where the problem lies.
Silver tried to increase the height of the car not only on the straights but also at various high corners to reduce bounce in Jeddah, and then tried to make up for the latter lack of downforce by increasing the amount of wing mounted on the car. . ,
But as most of the downforce comes from ground effect, so they can do whatever they want with the sidepods and wings, but it is unlikely to make up for their large speed losses at Red Bull and Ferrari.
They have plans for a floor upgrade, but as is the case with Red Bull’s weight upgrade, it looks like it will only be ready for the Emilia Romagna GP.
Another update that will not happen yet is a new fuel from its partner to improve the performance of the UP, but that still doesn’t have a date to arrive, so expect the Mercedes W13 to be more competitive than Australia Not there. The first two races of the year in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.