Monaco GP: First glimpse of Mercedes’ new upgrades – Check Pics
Monaco GP: Formula 1: Mercedes F1 team is all set to release an upgraded package ahead of the Monaco GP weekend. As…
Monaco GP: Formula 1: Mercedes F1 team is all set to release an upgraded package ahead of the Monaco GP weekend. As opposed to the originally planned venue of Emilia Romagna, the Silver Arrows will now showcase their upgraded machinery in the principality. This is supposed to be a huge overhaul in the material aspects of the W-14 machinery. After the unfortunate cancellation of the Imola GP, speculations were that Mercedes might delay these developments till Spain. Follow Formula 1 Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.
However, recent update suggests that the Silver Arrows are not in the mood to take this any further deep in the season. This might be for a simple reason that any delay hereon will impact potential points and constructors’ standings. Earlier, many suggested that the very nature of Monaco GP doesn’t allow for an upgrade, as the data collected is not of much help in the tight and punishing streets of Circuit de Monaco.
The paddock has now reached to the Principality of Monaco for the second race in European triple header. After the cancellation of Imola GP, this upcoming race is even more anticipated. Not just Mercedes, but Ferrari and McLaren also planned a twitch in their machinery. Ferrari planned to upgrade their rear suspension by adjusting ride height, giving them a better down force.
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Mercedes F1 team finally let go of narrow side pods
For the past 2 years now, the Silver Arrows have been far from running at the front. After initially tackling the draggy car and porpoising last year, the Silver Arrows are now ready to launch new upgrades in the car, as the recent pictures from the paddock suggests. Earlier this season, team boss Wolff also agreed that the budget cost cap didn’t allow then a whole new car design, which is preferable. Now, ream is expecting these new upgrades to unlock significant down force.
As per F1.com, “The cockpit position and that of the side impact bars remain unchanged. That appears to have limited the amount of undercut Mercedes have been able to shape into the new side pods. They are now much wider than before, and the narrow vertical intake for the radiators has been replaced by more conventional wide horizontal openings.”
“The upper side impact bar is still being used as a winglet, with an aerodynamic shrouding around it down-washing the air towards the floor edges. Another significant change is that of the front suspension, which appears to have a greater degree of anti-dive built into its geometry. This is defined by the difference in height between the forward and rearward top wishbone,” added the illustrative piece by Mark Hughes.
Though the men from Brackley have repeatedly insisted that it might not be the silver bullet, fans are still hoping a turnaround in the team’s fortune.
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