According to Mercedes Trackside Engineer Andrew Shovin, Mercedes is working hard to bring new parts designed to move a step closer to solving its Formula 1 porpoising problems as soon as the next grand prix in Miami.
“We are moving forward, we are learning more about it and hopefully, soon, maybe as soon as Miami, we can start to bring some parts to the car that will hopefully give us an indication on whether we are moving in the right direction,’ said Shovlin in a video released by the Mercedes team.
“We are not expecting to solve this overnight, but if we can get a clue that we are going in the right direction, that we really got to the bottom of what is going on, then we will be quite pleased that we are just moving on the right path.”
“It’s obviously a bit of a cliche, but the reality is that we can’t run the car where we designed it to run,” said Shovlin.
“We’re having to run it at higher ride heights and by running higher ride heights, it’s got less performance.
“Now, that might be true for almost every car on the grid, lots of people are suffering with this problem and we know that lifting the car is a way of alleviating it.
“A lot of the work that’s gone on in Brackley, has been to understand the phenomenon and whether we can control it, whether we can engineer it out of the car.
“When Toto talks about finding the key, what he’s really talking about is, is there an aerodynamic solution that we can apply to this solution that will make this problem go away?
“Now, realistically, we think this will be something we approach in steps, rather than one big moment where the whole thing vanishes.
“But we’re seeing encouraging signs, we’re hoping to bring parts to the car soon, maybe even Miami, where we can hopefully see progress on this issue.”