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Mercedes will continue car repair ‘experiments’ in Canada RaceFans

Mercedes expects to have a better idea of ​​the best long-term solution to its car problems after next week’s Canadian Grand Prix.

The team takes advantage of race weekends to gather information on their car in order to solve the porpoising problems they have suffered from since the start of the season. Team principal Toto Wolff admitted the lack of in-season testing opportunities “is slowing us down a lot” in their search.

“I imagine if we had a day or two of testing we would be a big step up,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans after yesterday’s qualifying. “But that’s how it is, it’s the constraint for everyone.”

Instead, the team uses race weekends to experiment with different parts and setups. Wolff said yesterday the differences between their cars explain why Lewis Hamilton has failed to keep pace with his team-mate over the past three weekends.

This approach will continue when F1 heads to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada next week. “I think we just need to approach race weekends more from an experimental point of view,” Wolff said. “At the moment we are not looking for a victory on merit. I think we are a good [way] behind the best teams.

“We just need to see those sessions, maybe not for the purpose of optimizing the single session, but for the sake of understanding. That’s what we’re doing and that’s what we’re going to do tomorrow and at Montreal.”

The team has started to get its porpoising problem under control in Spain, Wolff said, but more gains are needed.

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“We have taken a very good step in Barcelona,” he said. “For a circuit with a smooth surface, less bumps, it’s fine, I think we have a good car and we are able to unlock the performance in the race, but in quality we were lacking a bit.

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“But it’s easy to explain because we’ve now had two months of trying to solve porpoising and we can’t add base performance and it kind of bites us. For us, we understand: we understand what happens, we also understand what we have to do.

“It means in a way that Montreal is a very good race for us next week because Montreal is bouncy, Montreal is very crowded and after Montreal I expect to have a better view.”

Wolff believes the experiments they perform will reveal what is the best long-term development direction for the struggling W13 project.

“I think we know what the root cause of our lack of performance is, but we don’t have an answer yet as to the best solution,” he said. “And that’s what we experience [with] at present.

“I still think there’s a short-term solution that makes us a lot more competitive, but maybe that doesn’t explain everything, and I’d like to put the car in the right position for the second half of the season. year and also for next year, so learning is more important than short-term optimization for a weekend.”

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