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Mercedes admits it was ‘overly optimistic' with 2022 F1 car

Lewis Hamilton leads George Russell Mercedes has admitted it was 'overly optimistic' in the approach it took with its all-new Formula 1 car for the 2022 regulation change. New rules introduced last year have left the once-dominant team without a race win to date as it works to understand a troublesome car. The W13 suffered badly from porpoising early in the season. It also introduced a number of new philosophies including the ‘zeropod' concept – extreme low-profile sidepods. Those developments served to complicate the problems Mercedes faced, with the unsupported floor flexing, contributing to the porpoising the W13 experienced. 'That learning is all quite valuable, and we like to...
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