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Mercedes reveal how they exploited ‘loophole’ – and how it has hurt them

Mercedes technical director, Mike Elliott, has admitted that the team made some critical errors while finding a “loophole” in this year’s technical regulations. The FIA brought in a new raft of rules this season, in a move that saw the return of ground effect aerodynamic for the first time in 40 years. The goal was to allow the cars to follow more closely, and ultimately ensure a better racing spectacle for the fans. The shift in aerodynamic emphasis moved the main bulk of downforce generation to the underside of the car, necessitating a different chassis concept. READ: Toto Wolff makes bold Lewis Hamilton prediction despite 2021 ‘robbery’ Mercedes decided to go for a design that...
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