Mercedes anticipate extra positive aspects from W14 regardless of having “nearly stopped” improvement


Within the round-up: Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff believes they’ll make vital positive aspects with their W14 with out bringing vital upgrades for it.

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Mercedes can do extra to “optimise” 2023 automotive with out upgrades

Wolff says that improvement on their 2023 automotive has “nearly stopped” however that doesn’t meant they will be unable to seek out extra tempo from the automotive.

“I discover it good as a result of there’s a lot we will optimise on the present automotive with out wanting an excessive amount of onto upgrades,” Wolff stated in a video produced by the crew. “Let’s see how we will actually get it into extra of a candy spot while gaining plenty of understanding for subsequent yr.

“I feel the primary areas of enchancment is simply to offer the drivers a extra dependable automotive. It’s not about absolute quantity of downforce, however it’s only for them to know that the automotive goes to be steady once they flip into the nook, which isn’t the case for the time being.”

Inexperienced issues affecting F1 in Germany – Hulkenberg

Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg has steered the notion of the automotive business in Germany could contribute to the decreased reputation of F1 in his house nation.

Germany has not held an F1 race since 2020. Viewing figures are additionally down in comparison with progress seen in different nations lately.

“I feel it’s a number of issues,” Hulkenberg stated when requested why he felt F1 had misplaced reputation in Germany. “Clearly Germany was at all times spoilt in racing with Michael [Schumacher] then with Sebastian [Vettel], [Nico] Rosberg, Mercedes – we’ve at all times had a really sturdy presence in Method 1, at the very least within the final 30 years or so.

“Naturally I feel generally the game is extra fashionable and in increased demand after which most likely it tails off generally. However then additionally I feel in Germany to the notion of, generally, the automotive business – it’s like liable for local weather change, it’s not sustainable. And I feel that rubs off onto motorsport and that’s why I feel there’s a notion and what politics inform the individuals is that that is unhealthy and one way or the other that has a adverse affect on racing in Method 1.”

Alfa Romeo missed goal of seventh earlier than break – Pujolar

Alfa Romeo’s head of trackside engineering, Xevi Pujolar, admitted the crew had missed its goal to be sitting in seventh place within the constructors’ championship by the summer season break.

“Every little thing may be very, very tight within the midfield and we simply have to maintain working exhausting and growing,” Pujolar advised media together with RaceFans. “We’ll see what our direct opponents can convey after the shut down, however we now have some upgrades within the pipeline.

“The principle goal for us, we wished to be in P7 earlier than the shutdown, however we’re nonetheless inside these two factors, so the whole lot can change in a short time within the subsequent couple of races once more. For us, the primary factor is that we don’t improve that hole to P7 and in addition by way of tempo and efficiency to be there with our direct opponents.”

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Regardless of simply seven factors separating the Ferrari crew mates within the championship, @slowmo shouldn’t be overly impressed with Carlos Sainz Jnr’s performances at Ferrari…

I feel Sainz will get a variety of unfair criticism generally however in equity he actually hasn’t pushed on when he’s had alternatives at Ferrari. He was very constant in his final yr at McLaren and appeared a protected pair of palms however at Ferrari he’s carried out under par too typically and probably not been in a position to string collectively a powerful collection of races that I can recall.

Leclerc as been marginally higher than Sainz significantly from the angle of seemingly outperforming his automotive on events however in the end he nonetheless appears very error susceptible and it’s not like he’s only a younger rookie anymore.

Sadly for each drivers, Ferrari are fairly woeful and have made far too many errors once more which just about provides each drivers a free go. I can’t see any compelling motive to switch both driver till the crew repair their points. On stability I assumed Leclerc has hit the upper highs up to now however he’s nonetheless had some disappointing lows alongside the way in which.
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