Lewis Hamilton and George Russell’s W13 car problems explained by Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott | F1


Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were plagued with problems in the W13 car, initially serious porpoises early in the season that ended their hopes of challenging Max Verstappen for the title.

“When you look at a car, you have to look at the whole thing,” technical director Elliott told the Beyond The Grid podcast.

“When you think of strengths and weaknesses, we could probably talk about track to track, but we look at how we developed the car, and I could highlight a moment in time last year where we made a mistake.

“What you see in terms of performance on the track and how that wobbles from race to race is a consequence of that.

“It’s a mistake we’ve known about for a while. This is something we fixed.

“And that’s why our performance has gradually improved, but it’s not something that we can completely correct for a little while. We will do during the winter.

“I can’t give you the technical details because it’s something we wouldn’t want to divulge, but I can tell you that these cars are complicated.

“To find the right solution, you have to make the most of the vehicle dynamics, the aerodynamics, the tyres, the mechanical functioning of the chassis.

“When you make these trade-offs that are technically difficult, when you look at this year’s car versus last year’s car, they basically work in a completely different way.

“You know, they’re running close to the ground, obviously seeing the rebound issues, and so in making that transition from what we were doing last year to this year, we got it slightly wrong.”

Hamilton was denied an all-time record eighth F1 championship at last year’s controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 by Verstappen, who is also set to win this year’s title, possibly as early as the F1 Grand Prix. from Japan this weekend.

Hamilton’s hopes of responding in the 2023 F1 season depend on Mercedes being able to make the necessary changes to their car.


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