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Austrian GP: Mercedes explain what went wrong

Austrian GP: Mercedes explain what went wrong 1

World champions on how sizzling temperatures and excessive altitude in Austria mixed to show uncommon weak point on their 2019 automotive

Mercedes have admitted the design of their championship-leading 2019 automotive damage their Austrian GP efficiency after experiencing their worst race of the season.

The world champions noticed a 10-race successful run, which stretched again to final November’s Brazilian GP, resulted in conclusive type, as cooling issues in excessive temperatures left Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton trailing the lead Purple Bull and Ferrari vehicles.

Whereas the W10 has proved the category of the sector in most circumstances up to now this yr, Mercedes have defined how they’ve been caught out by cooling.

“Fundamentally the car doesn’t have big enough radiators and that’s something that we were a bit optimistic with how much we could get out of the cooling system,” Andrew Shovlin mentioned, Mercedes’ trackside engineering director.

“It is underdelivered to what we hoped we might obtain, and it is meant that we’re carrying this concern the place within the extremely popular races we will probably be struggling to maintain every thing cool sufficient.

“Principally to maintain the facility unit cool sufficient that we do not do any harm to it. You possibly can improve the quantity of cooling you get out of the automotive by opening up the bodywork exits and in Austria it was 35 levels, that really put us on the higher finish of what we might obtain simply by opening the automotive up. So, we had been on restrict. If you get to that time you’re actually restricted in your choices.”

Bottas and Hamilton, who completed third and fifth respectively, had been instructed to ‘raise and coast’ throughout the race – braking sooner than regular after which ‘coasting’ into corners – to try to cool the automotive, whereas the staff additionally ran decreased engine modes.

Shovlin says the staff had been already engaged on the difficulty earlier than final weekend and are optimistic they’ll make enhancements for future occasions.

“We’re engaged on techniques, we had been engaged on them earlier than Austria, to try to enhance this drawback and we ought to be in a greater place,” he added.

“However, all of it actually goes right down to the elemental design of the automotive, the place within the push for very, very tight packaging, we have now ended up being undercooled general.”

Though Mercedes fell quick of their try and match McLaren’s long-standing file of 11 straight races on the Purple Bull Ring, the world champions’ nonetheless maintain commanding leads in each world championships.

“We’re not sat right here feeling unhappy and sorry for ourselves,” Shovlin said. “Now we have bought an excellent automotive and a automotive that may be aggressive at virtually all the circuits.”

After superior Austria, F1 2019 heads to Silverstone for the massive occasion of the motorsport summer season. Sky Sports activities F1 may have in depth protection of the July 11-14 occasion with eight reside exhibits that includes our knowledgeable staff of pundits and presenters. Discover out extra right here to observe all of the season reside.


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