Looks like Lewis Hamilton will have no problem winning his 8th title in 2022 if this rumor is true.
Mercedes have reportedly found power unit gains in their turbocharger, by the supposed creation of a new supercharging system.
The Italian branch of Motorsport.com claims that the reigning Constructors’ Championship winners have brought in a new turbo specialist to help with the design of the power unit.
According to the report, the new turbo configuration is supposedly “capable of enhancing the qualities of the six-cylinder and hybrid recharging, allowing more extreme strategies.”
The new E10 fuel will see Formula 1 cars use fuel with 10% of its mix coming from renewable sources.
For the first time in the turbo hybrid era, the Mercedes power unit in 2021 appeared to be fallible in its longevity, which caused Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to both take engines beyond their allowance, resulting in grid penalties towards the end of the season.
Team principal Toto Wolff said their power unit was not to blame for the loss of the Drivers’ Championship, it was merely just a quirk in the engine’s design that led it to degrade faster than usual.
“We didn’t lose the championship because of the engine, but it’s true that we had problems for the first time in eight years,” Wolff told Auto Motor und Sport.
“At first it only affected one component from a bad production run. This developed into an epidemic where the engines lost more power over the running time than before.”