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Wolff hints at upgrades for Miami

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03/05/2022

Following a difficult weekend at Imola, particularly for Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff hints at upgrades for this weekend's Miami Grand Prix.

Finishing 14th in the Sprint, the seven-time world champion fared little better in the race, finishing 13th after spending much of the afternoon looking at the rear of Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri as the pair formed part of a DRS train.

While teammate, George Russell finished a credible fourth, throughout the weekend it was clear that the W13's well-documented porpoising issues are continuing to compromise the team.

Looking ahead to this weekend's Miami Grand Prix, team boss, Toto Wolff has hinted that a solution may be in the pipeline.

"It was a very difficult weekend for us in Imola," admits the Austrian. "George did a great job to finish P4 from an unpromising starting position but with Lewis, we didn't give him the tools or track position to show his true pace.

"Since we returned from Italy, we've learned as much from the weekend as we can," he adds, "and, in parallel, our learning has continued in the wind tunnel and simulations.

"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.

"Both drivers have been working in the simulator ahead of Miami and the factories have been busy producing updates for the next races.

"The saying 'smooth seas do not make good sailors' comes to mind. 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.

"Miami is an exciting new challenge and a complete step into the unknown," he concludes. "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 fan-base. So, we're set for a fantastic event, and we can't wait to see how it all plays out."

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1. Posted by Editor, 04/05/2022 21:53 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 04/05/2022 21:57)

"@ @R1Racing71

Please, please, please tell me that damp "squid" was deliberate, a reference to The IT Crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnXKVY-_i2c"

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2. Posted by @R1Racing71, 04/05/2022 20:45

"Well it’s now or never for Mercedes. This is clearly the core audience for their star driver so I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the turning point of their season.
That said, if it’s a damp squid for mercs, it’s 2023 for them.
Maybe."

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3. Posted by Simon in Adelaide, 04/05/2022 8:03 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 04/05/2022 21:57)

"'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.'

I take it that is Germanic Ronspeak for "Yes the concept was wrong and we have come up with ways of stiffening the floor that we are going to drip-feed onto the car so that people do not accuse us of incompetence""

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4. Posted by Burton, 04/05/2022 5:27

"RIP Tony Brooks"

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5. Posted by kenji, 04/05/2022 2:51

"I should think that Imola really showed just where Mercedes are when we look at the 'merit factor' not taken up in the final results. Primary considerations would have adjusted the merit to a possible 5th/6th place for Russell and a 15th/16th place for Hamilton. Those facts would be most alarming and closer to what the actual is rather than looking at the results in isolation. "

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