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Mercedes claim porpoising ‘masked their real problems'

Mercedes technical director Mike Elliot has revealed that the Silver Arrows were 'surprised' that no other team had discovered a 'loophole' with the new aerodynamic regulations last season, with the Germans having designed the ‘zero sidepods' as a result of it. Whilst the Brackley-based team knew that they'd be the only team with a ‘zero-pod' design on their 2022 challenger, they expected some other outfits to have at least been aware that it was possible to create such a thing. To their shock, nobody had expected Mercedes to develop such an extravagant sidepod design, which left jaws dropped when it was unveiled at pre-season testing. Elliot explained that the team were...
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