Mercedes reveal big drawback in 2022 F1 car development

Find out what Managing director of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Hywel Thomas had to say about team Mercedes feeling towards Lewis Hamilton’s 2022 challenger’s PU’s performance when using the new E10 fuel

Mercedes
Mercedes

With Lewis Hamilton announcing “he is Back” team Mercedes is intensely working to provide the 7times champion with the best performing car as possible enabling him to fight for a record 8th world title alongside his new teammate George Russell. Having a high performing challenger for 2022 is of importance for both Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton following the Abu Dhabi drama.

All teams are in last stage of testing and unveiling of their challenger  and Mercedes is no exception with a sweeping change to regulations and introduction of new E10 fuel (10% ethanol-based fuel) fuel means teams have to give their best in producing the car. Mercedes was quick to deny reports suggesting they have filed a crash test but now reports are in about their PU’s performance whose development will be in a freeze until 2025 once the season starts.

Managing director of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Hywel Thomas is been quoted by GP fans saying Mercedes are unhappy about certain part of new Engine’s performance using the E10 fuel and is planning to work around it.

Find out what Managing director of Mercedes Hywel Thomas had to say          

Hywel Thomas
Hywel Thomas

The of Mercedes Managing director said that bio components have been part of the fuel throughout the hybrid car era which they dominated where they had to use  5.75 per cent volume of bio components but the radical changes in 2022 means you have to use ethanol than choosing something different in the past. The Mercedes man added that engine is going to react slightly differently to the fuel which will have ethanol.  

“There have been bio components in fuel throughout the hybrid era. What we had was a requirement to have 5.75 per cent volume of bio components,” Hywel Thomas said.

The change this year is that percentage has gone up, it has gone up to 10 per cent and instead of it being open as to what bio components you use, you have to use ethanol. The change to the bio content being ethanol, what that means is that the engine is going to react slightly differently to the fuel,” Hywel Thomas added.

Hywel Thomas went on to say team Mercedes are really happy about some areas of performance and some part they are not really font of. The Mercedes official explained that they have to change the fuel where we can and change the PU hardware enabling them to maximise the effects of the things they like and minimise the effects thigs they don’t.  

“There are some areas of performance we are really happy with and other areas where, honestly, we are less happy,” says Hywel Thomas.

What we have to do is change the fuel where we can and change the PU hardware where we can in order to maximize the effects of the things we do like and minimize the effects of the things we don’t,” Hywel Thomas explained.

The Mercedes F1 team have announced their 2022 F1 challenger W13 will be officially unveiled at the Silverstone circuit in a virtual launch event on February 18, 2022.

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