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Mercedes plans ground repairs in Miami

Bottom line: Mercedes are aiming to bring an upgrade to next week’s Miami Grand Prix that will help address the serious porpoising issues they have had since the start of the season.

In short

Mercedes ‘sees encouraging signs’ of car repair

Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes’ ground engineering director, said the team hopes to start addressing its porpoising problem with improvements from the next race.

The team was forced to compromise its set-up due to the extreme bouncing its cars suffered in the early races. “We can’t run the car where we designed it,” Shovlin said in a video released by the team. “We have to run higher ride heights and by running higher ride heights the performance is less. »

Shovlin said they were focused on finding “an aero solution that we can apply to the car that will make this problem go away.”

“Being realistic, we think it will be something that we approach in stages rather than a big moment where it all goes away,” he added, “but we see encouraging signs because I said we hope bring parts to the car soon, maybe even Miami where we can hopefully see some progress on this issue.

Hawkins: ‘It wasn’t like that 10 or 15 years ago, unfortunately’

Jessica Hawkins, who shares the role of Aston Martin F1 Team Ambassador driver with racing in the W Series and British TCR, told RaceFans she believes her early karting achievements would have garnered more attention in 2022 than they did in the 2000s.

“I sometimes think obviously the females are hot property now and if there’s a quick one they get caught,” Hawkins said. “And I think if I had achieved what I have achieved, but 10 or 15 years later, I honestly think that might be a different story.

‘I was British [karting] champion at a very young age, won a lot of stuff in Europe during my teenage years. And if that had been the case now, I think there would be people trying to sign me for things.

“But it wasn’t like 10 or 15 years ago, unfortunately,” she explained. “I don’t know – but I’m here now. I wouldn’t change anything. Except maybe making things a little easier.

Imola defense not expected to diminish passing improvements in 2022 – Albon

Alex Albon said that despite his long defense against Hamilton and Pierre Gasly around Imola, in what appeared to be a DRS train, the 2022 cars are still improved for close racing.

“I always think cars are better at overtaking, better at racing,” said the Williams driver. “It’s just that this track is quite tricky. We only have one DRS point – of course it’s not great to always have DRS overtaking, but this track is tough.

“There really isn’t a place where you can brake late and overtake, everything is quite fast, which stops overtaking.”

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