The German producer is coming off the again of a difficult marketing campaign the place it struggled to get on high of the new-rules period, dropping out to rivals Pink Bull and Ferrari.
Its new W13 automotive struggled badly with porpoising early on and, regardless of some good progress over the 12 months that allowed George Russell to steer a Mercedes 1-2 in Brazil, nonetheless ended the marketing campaign with a efficiency deficit to the entrance as Mercedes fell to 3rd within the constructors’ championship.
However whereas the crew says the 12 months has delivered precious classes in serving to it perceive how greatest to strategy the brand new floor impact laws, it’s not pretending it totally understands all that went mistaken this 12 months.
Requested if the crew received a complete grip on the automotive, which implies subsequent 12 months’s W14 could have banished all of the weaknesses, Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles mentioned within the squad’s common post-race movies: “I do not suppose you may really now, and even throughout the winter, state that we all know every part in regards to the W13.
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“There have been some ups and downs, very a lot so, and that is the a part of what I meant by this automotive has objects that we consider we perceive and a few of them that also not totally defined because of that.
“However in the event you take a look at the path shifting ahead, the gaps to the entrance, particularly on race tempo, we made enormous quantities of progress and also you solely do this by understanding the place your issues are, engaged on them and dealing as a crew.”
Mercedes appears to be like set to shift the idea of its automotive for subsequent season.
The W13 is believed to have suffered lots as a result of its peak efficiency might solely be produced when working very low to the bottom, which then uncovered it to worse porpoising and bouncing.
The change of strategy might pay dividends, however Mercedes remains to be conscious that there remained a giant efficiency hole in Abu Dhabi final weekend between itself and Pink Bull, which Lewis Hamilton mentioned summed up the struggles of the 12 months.
George Russell, Mercedes W13
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“The arrogance we have now is that we now have our instruments, our windtunnel instruments, our improvement instruments, our efficiency instruments right here within the organisation producing efficiency which is greater than our opponents, and it is permitting us to maneuver additional ahead relative to them,” Vowles mentioned.
“There’s nonetheless a void although and Abu Dhabi actually confirmed that. That must be caught up throughout the winter and I feel we have now an excellent course of and system in place to do this.
“That improvement that you just noticed throughout the season will proceed throughout the winter and I feel we shall be in a really robust place subsequent 12 months.”
Vowles does suppose that the Mercedes crew is ending the 12 months stronger as an organisation, because of its want to come back collectively to kind out its errors.
“We’re a crew that’s used to success, used to successful, used to being on the entrance and we weren’t,” he mentioned. “And that actually has modified the organisation for the optimistic.
“We’re a lot better because of this and that is the characters which have constructed and we have now constructed ourselves because of that.
“It has been difficult, there isn’t a query about it. We weren’t ready we have been used to being in and you must guarantee that because of that you just adapt to maneuver ahead – and we have now.
“I feel we proved in comparison with the start of the season relative to the top how a lot we moved ahead.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13
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He added: “This crew needed to pull nearer collectively than ever earlier than. It is very simple in these circumstances, in these troublesome occasions to tug aside and we did not.
“The drivers pulled collectively, and I’m assured we have now the very best driver line-up on the grid. Now we have two unbelievable drivers pushing one another however working as a crew to make the automotive higher.
“Now we have a crew each in Brixworth and in Brackley, and on the monitor as properly, all working along with only one purpose in thoughts and that’s not to win anymore essentially. It’s to guarantee that we perceive the bundle we have now, in order that we’re again to our successful methods subsequent 12 months.”
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