Mercedes chief technical officer Mike Elliott says he and his team will look at the design of Red Bull’s sidewalls to test the potential of such a concept even though during the first test they were mostly focused on their car and their problems.
Red Bull last unveiled its new F1 car for 2022. RB18 which did a film day behind closed doors at Silverstone before its first public appearance in Barcelona on 23 February.
The new RB18 attracted attention with several interesting technical solutions such as the concept of side panels that have a pronounced incised lower part with protruding lower edge of the side intake, and showed innovation at the entrance to Venturi tunnels and aggressive interpretation of the double wing under the rear wing. on another car.
On its F1 W13, Mercedes has decided to continue a similar concept as last year’s F1 W12 with the sides narrowing sharply towards the middle and leaving a large empty space on the floor between the rear wheels.
“To be perfectly honest, I didn’t spend too much time looking at other cars,” Elliott said.
“We are trying to fix our problems. The guys at the factory do the same thing. ”
“Visually the most diverse thing is the sides designed by Red Bull, they look interesting, we’ll take a look at them and think about it.”
“There are different concepts. As for the new rules, we have completely changed the way we manage turbulent airflow from the front wheels, it is made to be better for overtaking, so we can not over-optimize and control the airflow from the tires that then ends up behind the car.
“And different teams have opted for different approaches to this task, some have opted for a wide bodywork, trying to control the airflow from the tires that way.”
“We opted for a narrower solution and we packed the car so we can do it.”
“The reality is that cars will evolve a lot from now until the first race and you will see more different solutions. As for the details of the aerodynamics, most probably have to do with controlling turbulence from the front tires. ”