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Mercedes introduces new parts to help cooling issues

  • Published on 26 Jul 2019 09:22
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Mercedes has arrived at the German Grand Prix with new parts aimed at improving the performance of the car's cooling system.

Mercedes has failed to win just one race so far this season when it struggled amid hot temperatures in Austria.

Both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were forced to drive at a slower pace to keep the car cool, which allowed Red Bull and Ferrari to fight it out for the win.

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However, Bottas thinks that the upgrades that Mercedes has brought to Germany, which are also aimed at improving performance will allow for more margin in hot weather. 

"After Austria, there was quite a strong reaction from the team," Bottas said on Thursday ahead of the race weekend at Hockenheim.

"Clearly, there was a big weakness in our package and we introduced a new upgrade for our cooling systems so it should be more efficient and give a few more degrees of margin.

"But I'm not sure if anyone expected to be racing in 40 degrees, well it'll be less on Sunday but we'll see how it goes."

Hamilton more cautious with the upgrade's impact

Hamilton is not so convinced, as doesn't believe that the new parts that are installed for the upcoming weekend will do much to help the team's cooling systems. 

"It's definitely a good thing if it rains," he said of the predicted rain for Saturday and Sunday.

"There's not much we can do if there is a much bigger design issue we have when it gets hot. It's not so easy to change so we are working towards it, but it's very small steps. 

"They're not going to make a massive difference but hopefully this weekend it will be okay. I'd imagine if it stays this hot, we'll be in trouble."

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  • Warmte afvoer is denk ik een relatief probleem....de hoogte van Oostenrijk en de ijlere lucht des te meer. Zelfde met Mexico en Brazilië. Wanneer het alleen om warmte afvoer zou gaan hadden ze op nog veel meer circuits problemen.

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    • Jul 26 2019 - 09:37
  • xoya

    Posts: 552

    "issues"

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    • Jul 26 2019 - 12:35
  • f1dave

    Posts: 757

    They keep adding wings and vanes untill this mess doesn't look like anything automotive.

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    • Jul 26 2019 - 16:52
    • RogerF1

      Posts: 467

      Toast racks! Absolutely ridiculous and sums up what’s wrong with current regs. How many hundreds of hours in wind tunnel and €€€€€€€€€’s of carbon fibre to make these changes. They wanted F1 to be ‘road relevant’ ??? Get rid of it all and see who can DRIVE an F1 car around the corners using rubber, brakes and a throttle - like most other forms of motor racing. Only then will we see competitive, close racing..

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      • Jul 26 2019 - 23:11

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