Mercedes’ sturdy straightline velocity has been the supply of recent intrigue because the world championship battle between the Brackley staff and Pink Bull enters the ultimate phases of the 2021 season.
On the Turkish Grand Prix Mercedes appeared to take pleasure in a big high velocity benefit over Pink Bull in relation to the downforce ranges it used.
Whereas the Brackley staff launched a brand new engine specification after the summer season break, its rival was perplexed on the scope of its good points.
“Their straightline velocity has taken a big step not too long ago, and I feel that whereas we may match them with smaller wings beforehand, now we won’t get close to,” a puzzled Horner mentioned when Autosport requested him about the place Mercedes’ present benefit got here from.
After additional evaluation Horner believes Mercedes isn’t just having fun with an influence benefit over Pink Bull’s Honda engines however he’s satisfied it’s also using a trick gadget to spice up straightline velocity, by allegedly decreasing the rear of the automobile on the straights.
“I feel that Mercedes are clearly optimising a straightline gadget that they are capable of do at that sort of circuit,” Horner advised Sky in Austin throughout FP1. “In the event you take a look at the rear of their automobile, you already know, the way it lowers. I feel [Turkey] performed to their strengths.”
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
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When quizzed about Horner’s feedback, Mercedes chief Wolff dismissed what he referred to as “noise” about his staff’s edge on Pink Bull.
“I feel we recognise completely that it is a sport the place opponents will all the time attempt to discover out if there’s some sort of silver bullet,” he mentioned. “My expertise is there is no such thing as a such factor, it’s all of the small good points, marginal good points which were added and produce efficiency.
“We’re making an attempt to essentially comprehend our automobile higher and add efficiency in lap time with out listening an excessive amount of to the noise.”
Requested about his rationalization for Mercedes’ dominant type in Turkey, Wolff claimed Mercedes has discovered the “candy spot” on methods to arrange its 2021 automobile.
“I feel what we have now been capable of perceive is methods to hit the candy spot of the automobile, when it comes to the set-up,” he defined.
“Right now whenever you take a look at the lap time, it’s a straightline achieve, and I feel we discovered the proper compromise between drag and downforce.
“And on the opposite facet, we have been very fast by means of the very quick corners, which is sweet and equal to Pink Bull on the sluggish corners. So general, the automobile is a lot better collectively.”