Mercedes has introduced a host of upgrades to the opening edition of the Miami Grand Prix, which George Russell and Lewis Hamilton hope will help improve their fortunes after a difficult start to the 2022 season.
The world champions failed to contend for race wins in any of the season’s opening four races, as the W13 struggled to battle more hog races than most of its rivals – with Mercedes claiming a disappointing third place. Creators Championship.
But after major wind tunnel work and a CFD contract, the team brought a new low-drag rear wing, a revised front wing and a new beam wing — a three-part that had been working on for weeks — to Miami.
“We definitely have a few things to try this weekend,” Russell said. “I don’t think it will be a panacea but it will certainly give us a much better indication of the direction we need to take in future events.
“I think the last two weeks and months since day one has been really vital to understanding the problem and developing the tools to be able to find solutions. I think we are finally at a point where we feel confident that in the next race, we might be able to solve it. But we have to wait and see.
Hamilton, who trails Russell by 21 points in Drivers arrangementHe added, “You can expect that we are going to do our best and do our best. There has been a tremendous amount of work going on in the background, and everyone is working as hard as they can.
“You can see we have a new rear wing for example, so I’m just grateful to everyone who keeps keeping their heads down and the amazing hard work that everyone is putting in.”
Does Hamilton think the changes will bring the team closer to the inevitable speed Ferrari and Red Bull? “I don’t expect much change in that sense,” he said.
Hamilton was in New York before traveling to Miami, where he played golf with NFL legend Tom Brady as part of a charity event. Seeing the impressive facility built around Hard Rock Stadium, which includes an imaginary marina and temporary beach overlooking the track, Hamilton likened it to a great NFL event: the Super Bowl.
“That’s definitely what I expected from Miami,” Hamilton added. “I’m already walking around town, just seeing the action everywhere and the noise. I was just in New York and I remember walking the streets and I heard someone talking about it [the race] And they didn’t know I was there.
“But there’s only talk on the streets. I’ve been to a couple of Super Bowls and it feels like a similar atmosphere. What a great place for us – and around this amazing stadium.”
“I think it would be a great sight, and it’s also really cool for people all over Europe and around the world to see how great Miami is.”
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