Mercedes Team Head Toto Wolff said the team simulation showed the Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore, should be better for them. But he is still careful in making predictions / Photo: MAXF1.net
Wolff doesn’t seem to want to repeat the same mistake when the Mercedes team races at the 2022 Italian GP. Because at that time he made very fast predictions and the final result was far from expectations.
Those high expectations became a mess when Lewis Hamilton was hit by a grid penalty at the Monza Circuit. He was originally fifth in qualifying, having to start racing from 19th place. Luckily he was able to sprint back to fifth place at the end of the race.
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George Russell was not penalized so from finishing sixth in qualifying, he moved up the rankings and started the race from the front of the grid. But unfortunately, he could not perform well so he finished only in third place.
From a report on the Racefans page, Team Mercedes will switch from minimum to maximum downforce levels in Singapore. This is due to the track that fits the design of the W13 car.
Wolff said the track in Singapore didn’t have too many bumps. With this, the problem of car reflection which has been a big issue at Mercedes can be resolved.
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“The track layout should suit our car, (with) no bumps. In the simulation again it says it should be one of our better tracks,” said Wolff, quoted by racefans, Friday (23/9/2022).
“But I try to remain cautious with any predictions in Singapore.”