Mercedes: Final solution Red Bull Racing copy? / Formula 1

Only the 2022 Formula 1 race automotive has ultra-compact aspect bins, the Silver Arrow from Mercedes. There are rising indicators that Mercedes is popping to Red Bull Racing for 2023.


Traditional English racing staff Williams appeared at Silverstone in early July with a totally redesigned automotive – with aspect sills representing a mix of Red Bull Racing and Ferrari options. Alpine has lengthy been primarily based on RBR, Aston Martin, AlphaTauri. In the previous, Williams used very brief sidestays, not as excessive because the Silver Arrow solution, however just like the Mercedes sidestays of any competing automotive.

Basically, there have been three potential options: Red Bull Racing, Ferrari, which the Italians known as a “bathtub”, Haas from Hungary, and a really compact Mercedes-Benz model.

Mercedes struggled for months with the W13, with the aerodynamics of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell’s automotive being questioned. Mike Elliott, the technical director of Mercedes, admitted this brazenly: “Basically, the decisive half for me shouldn’t be the aspect field, however the flooring. But the approaches right here decide how the edges are formed, and sure, we’re many various variations, together with the Red Bull Racing model.

“I feel it could be silly to not be humble sufficient and admit – perhaps we weren’t stepping into the appropriate route. But it isn’t only a Red Bull Racing idea. There are many attention-grabbing options up and down the pit lane. We’re concerned about a number of issues and we’re them rigorously.”

“As an aerodynamicist, you at all times must be open to every little thing. And it at all times helps to know the aerodynamic approaches of opponents. So you are taking a protected like Red Bull Racing and ask your self: why did they try this? You can at all times study one thing from such ideas.”

Elliott mentioned earlier this summer season: “Maybe we’ll hold right this moment’s determination till 2023, perhaps not. We want to search out extra solutions to this.”

Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes’ chief engineer on the GP area at Monza, defined: “Of course, you possibly can at all times say that the quickest automotive is the automotive with the very best idea. This is a Red Bull Racing automotive. But it’s troublesome to say how issues will proceed subsequent yr. We have not determined what our automotive shall be but.”

But time is of the essence, staff boss Toto Wolff is aware of, as he says: “These weeks are essential. Within these two months, we must always clearly perceive what we have to do by 2023.”

And what does RBR technical director Pierre Vasche say? “I’m unsure that every one racing groups will give you the identical idea for 2023. The guidelines are being refined, and the form of the edges is only one a part of it. I feel everybody could be very open concerning the new automotive.”

Italian Grand Prix, Autodromo Nazionale Monza

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:20:27.511 h.
02. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +2.446s
03. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +3,405
04. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +5,061
05. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +5,380
06. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +6,091
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +6,207
08. Pierre Gasly (F), AlfaTauri, +6,396
09. Nick de Vries (NL), Williams, +7,122
10. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +7,910
11. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +8.323
12. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +8.549
13. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1 lap
14. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +1 Rde
15. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +1 lap
16. Kevin Magnussen (PC), Haas, +1 lap
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia), McLaren, engine failure
Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, Energy Recovery
Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, lack of water, engine overheating
Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, vitality restoration

Championship standing (after 16 out of twenty-two races)

01. Verstappen 335 factors
02. Leclerc 219
03. Perez 210
04. Russell 203
05. Sainz 187
06. Hamilton 168
07. Norris 88
08. Okon 66
09. Alonso 59
10. Botta is 46 years previous
11. Gasly 22
12. Magnussen 22
13. Hag 20
14. Ricardo 19
15. Schumacher 12
16. Tsunoda 11
17. Zhou 6
18. Walk 5
19. Album 4
20. De Vries 2
21. Latifi 0
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Constructor’s Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 545 factors
02. Ferrari 406
03. Mercedes 371
04. Alpine 125
05. McLaren 107
06. Alfa Romeo 52
07. Haas 34
08. AlphaTauri 33
09. Aston Martin 25
10. Williams 6


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