Mercedes would undoubtedly have imagined the course of the first five Grand Prix of the 2022 Formula 1 season differently. After eight straight World Championship titles with the constructors, there was no win in five races, while drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell both took the podium and climbed the podium once. A meager record, which is mainly due to the W13. The Mercedes car seems to have a lot of potential – see Friday in Miami – but is struggling extremely with porpoises. There are also doubts as to whether the extreme concept for the sidepods works well.
In the meantime, Mercedes is no longer only concerned with solving the porpoise, but new parts are also being introduced. After an upgrade in Miami, the German carmaker will also come up with a major upgrade in Barcelona. In order to be able to test the new parts briefly, Mercedes therefore organized the second day of shooting of 2022 on Wednesday at the Circuit Paul Ricard, the home port of the French Grand Prix. Russell was allowed to get behind the wheel of the W13 for the first evaluation of the upgrade package, although mostly pictures were taken of the W13 in its current form. The first day of shooting was completed with the car equipped in the first week of winter testing.
The teams are allowed to cover a maximum of 100 kilometers on one day of shooting, but there are no restrictions when trying out new parts. So it’s no wonder that Mercedes wants to familiarize itself with the upgrades and collect some data on them ahead of the Spanish GP. The manufacturer isn’t the only one to film a day between the Miami and Spanish GPs either. Last Friday it was Ferrari’s turn, who also tried out the new upgrades for the F1-75 in the hermetically sealed Monza.