The German manufacturer brought a slew of updates to Miami, including a heavily redesigned front wing and a low-drag rear wing. These adjustments gave George Russell the fastest time in practice two, although the Brit fell back in qualifying for unknown reasons. In VT3, Mercedes Russell decided to change the setup but reverted to Friday’s configuration for qualifying. This was in vain. Teammate Lewis Hamilton qualified sixth and that makes Toto Wolff optimistic. The Mercedes team boss says the W13’s potential is being held back by porpoises, but Miami is proof that Mercedes would do well to believe in the current concept.
“We believe that our concept has the potential to play at the forefront, but it is a sensitive concept,” says the Austrian. “Once the car is in the right-hand window, it works well. It’s just difficult to find that point. Our ground is much more vulnerable than that of the other cars. We think this is the right direction. In Barcelona we can go. ” to compare the car with ours start Car. Then comes the time when we have to decide what to do next year. But you can’t just write off this season and focus on next year, that’s not possible. The rules don’t change anyway. Every weekend we understand the car better. We already hinted that this would be an experimental weekend.”
The W13 is known to suffer from ups and downs and that means the British team cannot get the full potential out of the car. The porpoise was intense on Friday, but according to Wolff, a change in setup has helped the team better understand when the bumps come into play. “On Friday we could see when the car was set up correctly,” he continues. “The most important thing was to get a handle on porpoises. That worked out well. However, a minimal change had a bad impact again. Especially towards the end of qualifying, our drivers again had major problems with the jump, which had a major impact on the braking zones and the tires, so we finished twelfth and sixth. It’s a tough time for us. We had hoped for something better.”