Mercedes give an explanation for their ‘desk of doom'” which predicted worst tracks for W13 · RaceFans


Mercedes referred to its inner metrics which predicted which circuits could be very best and worst for its problematic W13 because the “desk of doom”.

The group started the 2022 Components 1 season smartly off the tempo of eventual champions Crimson Bull and their early competitors Ferrari. Even if the group progressively made growth with the W13, even by way of the tip of the season it discovered the auto labored significantly higher at some tracks than others.

This was once highlighted over the general two rounds. Mercedes received at Interlagos however one week later at Yas Marina have been best the third-quickest group.

Mercedes group important Toto Wolff printed on Saturday the group’s “desk of doom” had foreseen that swing in efficiency.

“We all the time knew that we want to be prudent and no longer set our expectancies according to the Brazil end result,” he instructed media together with RaceFans. “I believe that circuit ideally fitted our automotive and the whole thing ran very, very easily. And Abu Dhabi in our ‘desk of doom’ was once some of the worst tracks.”

The group’s leader strategist James Vowles defined the considering which went into the “desk of doom.”

“That is one thing that we have got built internally that permits us to rather are expecting the place our automotive can be relative to indisputably the quickest automobiles observe heading in the right direction and it labored slightly smartly,” he mentioned in a video printed by way of the group. “It’s one thing that in truth had slightly excellent correlation around the season and it did say that during, for instance, Mexico and Brazil we might be considerably extra aggressive than we have been going to be in Abu Dhabi.

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“It’s a serve as of the houses that make our automotive each robust and vulnerable and that transpired to be true.”

George Russell, Mercedes, Interlagos, 2022
Mercedes scored a one-two at Interlagos…

This supposed there was once an upside to the auto’s various efficiency on the finish of the season, mentioned Vowles. “As possibly unfavourable because it comes throughout, that’s an excellent factor, as it implies that the houses of our automotive that we perceive we in truth have a excellent take hold of on them sufficiently in order that they in truth glance to be actual in actual existence after which the explanations in the back of it glance to be correlated.”

Mercedes imagine they perceive why each Crimson Bull and Ferrari have been more potent than them in Abu Dhabi.

“A part of it’s that I believe Ferrari moved backwards throughout Mexico and Brazil. It’s laborious to give an explanation for why, however they indubitably weren’t as aggressive there as they have been against the tip of the season in Abu Dhabi. They have been a fierce rival in Abu Dhabi, very, very fast at the immediately line and aggressive general with excellent tyre degradation.

“That doesn’t clearly give an explanation for Crimson Bull and why we moved again [relative] to them. I believe this is defined within the houses of the place our automotive is vulnerable and the place it’s robust. Brazil had a large number of cornering sequences, kinds of corners, speeds of nook that truly go well with the traits of our automotive which sadly we didn’t have in Abu Dhabi.

“The general one is Abu Dhabi could be very, very cool prerequisites when we have been truly racing at evening and we noticed a couple of houses at the tyre just a little little bit of graining showing at the entrance axle and at the rear axle and that evidently harm us within the race.”

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In spite of the enhancements Mercedes have made with the working out in their automotive, Vowles mentioned there don’t seem to be taking it without any consideration they are going to be capable to make the growth they want with subsequent yr’s W14.

(L to R): Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes; Carlos Sainz Jr, Ferrari; Yas Marina, 2022
…however fell in the back of Crimson Bull and Ferrari per week later

“I don’t assume you’ll in point of fact now, and even around the iciness, state that we all know the whole thing in regards to the W13. Around the yr we realized and came upon an entire collection of latest pieces that truly we had to be informed, perceive and broaden in no time.”

Then again he believes the group’s efficiency obviously progressed from their degree on “standard” tracks comparable to Melbourne and Imola early within the yr to the place they have been after their ultimate replace was once presented at the US Grand Prix.

“There were some ups and downs, very a lot so, and that’s the a part of what I supposed by way of this automotive has pieces that we imagine we perceive and a few of them that also no longer absolutely defined on account of that,” mentioned Vowles. “However in case you have a look at the route transferring ahead, the gaps to the entrance, particularly on race tempo, we made large quantities of growth and also you best do this by way of working out the place your issues are, operating on them and dealing as a group.”

The ultimate race of the season displays the “void” the place Mercedes will have to make additional enhancements with a purpose to be aggressive subsequent yr, mentioned Vowles.

“The boldness we have now is that we have our gear, our wind tunnel gear, our building gear, our efficiency gear right here within the organisation generating efficiency which is greater than our competition, it’s permitting us to transport additional ahead relative to them,” he mentioned.

“That [deficit] needs to be stuck up around the iciness and I believe we have now an excellent procedure and gadget in position to do this. That building that you simply noticed around the season will proceed around the iciness and I believe we will be able to be in an overly robust position subsequent yr.”

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