Details of Mercedes’ Secret Weapon Debuting at French GP Which Guarantees to Turn Silver Arrows’ Fate

Published 07/21/2022, 1:03 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – July 9, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the sprint race REUTERS/Florion Goga

Mercedes started the season on the back foot after failing to nail down the car under their new regulations. However, they have slowly made the ground back, with major upgrades debuting at the British GP. Subsequently, they have another upgrade right on time for the French GP.

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The team has changed the design of their front wing, deciding to go with a different approach to their flatter previous design. The new nose could aid Mercedes to achieve the straight line speed they were so desperately chasing. Mercedes have also taken a fresh new approach toward the driver cooling holes with them being incorporated into the nose.

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Toto Wolff commented on the improved performance, “I’m pleased with the momentum we are building… Our understanding of the W13 is growing with every lap and it’s encouraging to see that reflected in our development and results.” 

He went on to add, “While we were quicker in Austria, we still weren’t quick enough to challenge at the front. We need to keep chasing those final few tenths and bringing new developments to the cars, including this weekend in France.”

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Hamilton and Russell have a chance to register the maiden win for the team in France. The track with its fast-flowing layout will suit the W-13.

Mercedes touted for first F1 victory of the season in France by former world champion

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Mercedes have seen their performance this season not be up to their usual high standards; the team struggling for pace. However, they have taken major strides in catching up to Red Bull and Ferrari. They have even been backed for their maiden victory of the 2022 season by former world champion Damon Hill.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – July 10, 2022 Mercedes’ George Russell in the pits during the race Pool via REUTERS/Ronald Wittek

The Briton, speaking on the F1 nation podcast said, “I’m going to go for Lewis Hamilton [to win].”  He went on to add, “…even on pure pace the Mercedes springs a surprise. I think in their race trim, Lewis has been on occasion, very, very quick”. He even proposed a potential Mercedes 1-2, “It could even be Lewis first, George second, and Carlos Sainz third.”

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Come Sunday the mystery behind who wins the French GP will be cleared. Till then these speculations have got everyone intrigued and eagerly waiting for the race.

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Divyansh Priyadarshi

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Divyansh Priyadarshi is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his under-graduation in computer science engineering and is naturally drawn to the intriguing data-driven world of Formula 1. Being an author at ES isn't his first stint in penning down thoughts for his favorite sports, as he has a solid prior background in writing content for soccer, NBA, and UFC.

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