Mercedes F1 Arrive at Miami GP With Funky New Update to W-13

Published 05/03/2022, 4:26 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 24, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

The Mercedes AMG F1 team has been struggling at the start of the 2022 season. Once a force to be reckoned with, the German giants are currently nowhere close in terms of competitiveness and performance to their rivals, Ferrari and Red Bull. They need to bring major changes to their car to turn the tide around.

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Among many, one change they are definitely bringing to the inaugural Miami Grand Prix is a different-looking rear wing. Together with their partner FTX, the world champions will feature a special NFT artwork, made by @Mad_Dog_Jones, on the rear wings of their car.

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They will auction the innovative and colorful rear wing off after the race on the FTX website. It is an interesting marketing strategy on behalf of their partnership with FTX.

Mercedes trackside engineering director explains the changes for Miami

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin talked about how the team is targeting the Miami Grand Prix weekend through being in some new changes to their car. Since the track is new and unused, it will be interesting to see what data will the team gather from the new parts on the car. But Shovlin revealed the team is aware of where they are lacking in terms of performance compared to that of their rivals.

“[These are] problems that are new to us, that we need to get on top of and understand and there is an enormous amount of energy back here going into that, but day by day we are,” said Andrew.

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Formula One F1 – Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia – April 7, 2022, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Loren Elliott

“We are learning more about it and hopefully, soon, maybe as soon as Miami, we can bring some parts to the car that will hopefully give us an indication of whether we are moving in the right direction,” said the Mercedes F1 Director.

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The world champions would hope whatever changes that they make to the car get them an improved level of performance. They really cannot afford to lose more ground to their rivals anymore this season.

With a more competitive package, the team can start to challenge regularly for podiums and wins, as it is accustomed to doing. But it is a long road ahead for them and patience and hard work will be crucial. Let’s see what kind of upgrades they bring in Miami and if it does change their fortunes this weekend.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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