‘Mercedes didn’t build the perfect chassis this year’ Ex-F1 driver boldly predicts Silver Arrows ‘make a copycat of Red Bull next year’ to resurrect fate

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The track this year has been extremely favorable for the Bulls as they head into the end of this season with massive leads. The Verstappen-Perez duo was undoubtedly one of the reasons for the team’s success. However, this success is largely credited to the engineers at Red Bull, as they were the ones who facilitated the performance of this incredible duo, ending Mercedes’ dominance.

Red Bull’s sidepods ensure maximum speed with ultra-aggressive undercuts that direct high-speed airflow to the rear of the car, making it the fastest car on the F1 track. In contrast, Mercedes uses zero pods which increase air resistance, making the car slower on the straights.

Identifying this issue of Mercedes’ car, former F1 driver Marc Surer blamed Mercedes for its unsatisfactory performance this season. While this year has been full of surprises from Team Horner, it hasn’t gone well for the Silver Arrows. On that note, F1 expert Marc predicted that next season’s W14 will be a copy of the Bulls’ winning downwash sidepods.

The 71-year-old believes the chassis of this season’s Mercedes was by no means perfect. But he hopes that next year they will get back on track, adopting a reform similar to that of Red Bull. Marc believes Mercedes’ experience with the porpoise has given them a great learning opportunity, which will help them better understand their issues.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff also agreed they are open to changes but that won’t happen this season. This Austrian billionaire thinks there was a reason to adopt zero pods which they hoped would give them an edge over other cars. So for the W13 they wouldn’t make any changes.

Mercedes track engineer Andrew Shovlin has revealed they are exploring new concepts, and of these Red Bull’s option seems the best, acknowledging that “the fastest car is the one with the best concept” . However, this F1 engineer did not give a decisive answer on what he will explore next year.

So, we can surely expect some design changes from Mercedes next year and probably the Silver Arrows would follow the Bulls’ step to reclaim their crown.

But one question remains: can the Arrows return to their glory days, even after redesigning their car to match Red Bull’s?

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