Toto Wolff confirms: FIA rules against Mercedes / Formula 1

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Since the Bahrain test, the assumption has remained: Mercedes is more affected by the FIA ​​rule changes than Red Bull Racing, for example. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has now confirmed this conceptual problem.

The background to the Formula 1 season 2021: Because modern racing cars have been getting faster and faster in recent years, F1 sole supplier Pirelli asked the international auto sport federation FIA to reduce the downforce of the vehicles. The Milan tire specialists feared that the tires would otherwise not be able to withstand the load. The FIA ​​implemented this with new regulations, mainly in the areas of the underbody, diffuser and brake ventilation. Result: about ten percent downforce gone.

According to Pirelli racing director Mario Isola, the Bahrain test showed: “According to our calculations, the racing teams have already made up for five to six percent of the lost downforce.”

A lot to talk about is the angle of attack (rake) of the cars. And with the strong performance of the Red Bull teams Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri and moderate performances by Mercedes and Aston Martin, a suspicion arose. Ex-GP driver Martin Brundle said: “I wonder whether cars like those from Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri, which are remarkably steep from the front to the rear axle, can cope better with the changed regulations and reduced downforce than vehicles that are which are not quite as steep. “

Years ago, Red Bull Technical Director Adrian Newey made this angle acceptable in Formula 1. The rule of thumb: the closer the front wing works to the ground, the more efficiently it generates downforce. The angle of attack at the rear favors a suction cup effect, the diffuser (the rising end of the floor) generates more downforce. It’s no wonder that many racing teams have followed Red Bull Racing’s lead. But not all.

Mercedes has analyzed the poor performance in the Bahrain winter test. Result: A combination of insufficient adaptation to the latest generation of tires, but also a conceptual problem due to the rule changes.

Team boss Toto Wolff: “The analysis has actually confirmed that high-profile cars lose less downforce. And now we can’t just raise our car in the back and everything will be fine again. We can’t adjust our rear suspension the way Red Bull Racing does, for example, because our racing car follows a different concept. We just have to make the best of our options. But it’s not just that. It looks like our tires don’t harmonize with the chassis like they do with other cars. ”

Wolff nevertheless recognizes progress: “The W12 is no longer as nervous as it was during the test. It is important to get right to the point and to hit the operating window in which the car works best. “

2. Training, Bahrain

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, 1:30,847
02. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, 1: 30,942
03. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes W12, 1:31,082
04. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari SF21,1:31,127
05. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes W12, 1: 31,218
06. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, 1: 31,230
07. Yuki Tsotaka (J), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, 1: 31,294
08. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes,1:31,393
09. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda,1:31,483
10. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, 1:31,503
11. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine A521-Renault, 1:31,601
12. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari SF21, 1: 31.612
13. Antonio Giovinazzi (I), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, 1: 31.740
14. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, 1:31,769
15. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine A521-Renault,1:31,770
16. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, 1: 31,862
17. George Russell (GB), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, 1.32,331
18. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, 1:33,297
19. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, 1:33,400
20. Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, 1:33,449

1. Training, Bahrain

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, 1:31,394
02. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes W12, 1: 31,692
03. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, 1: 31,897
04. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes W12, 1:31,921
05. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari SF21, 1: 31,993
06. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, 1:32,071
07. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda,1:32,195
08. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari SF21,1:32,366
09. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, 1: 32,434
10. Antonio Giovinazzi (I), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, 1: 32.786
11. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, 1: 33,134
12. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, 1:33,157
13. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes,1:33,233
14. Yuki Tsotaka (J), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, 1: 33,329
15. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine A521-Renault, 1:33,528
16. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine A521-Renault,1:33,872
17. George Russell (GB), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, 1.34,127
18. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, 1:34,340
19. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, 1:34,501
20. Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, 1:34,975





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