Toto Wolff has defined that Mercedes altered their Method 1 automobile idea throughout the 2022 season – however the adjustments couldn’t be seen from the skin.
Mercedes entered 2022 having received the final eight consecutive Constructors’ Championships, and have been the one workforce in F1 historical past to take care of their successful run throughout rules adjustments, doing so in 2017.
Nevertheless, the change to the ground-effect equipment for 2022 tripped the workforce up with a elementary flooring difficulty going undetected till nicely into the season.
Outwardly, the workforce caught with its ‘zero sidepod’ philosophy whereas the likes of Williams deserted this for a design philosophy much like Purple Bull’s.
Regardless of this, Wolff has revealed that the Mercedes workforce modified automobile idea throughout the 2022 marketing campaign.
Wolff on automobile idea change
Wolff has beforehand acknowledged that the W14 of 2023 could have completely different “DNA” to its predecessor as Mercedes search to regain the title misplaced to Purple Bull in 2022.
He hinted at a automobile which retained the ‘zero sidepod’ thought to problem subsequent season’s RB19 from Milton Keynes.
“I am going within the wind tunnel, and I say: ‘That factor seems precisely like this 12 months’s automobile’,” he defined to media, together with RacingNews365.com,in Abu Dhabi.
“However they are saying to me: ‘It is very completely different beneath’.
“It’s concerning the airflow, the load distribution, the aero map.
“Our automobile basically modified mid-year – we modified the idea however you could not see something on the bodywork.
“I feel the slim sidepod idea is sort of a pink herring.
“It is stuffed with surprises the final time I noticed it within the wind-tunnel, however they instructed me it isn’t the identical.”