Mercedes has had to overcome engine problems this year due to the severe ignition problems they had with the W13.
Their first concern with their power unit was considering the car’s in-car performance at the start of the season, when Mercedes were an outside threat in podium races. The harmful effects of porpoise have also become a concern, the team said.
In a video published by Mercedes, Hywell Thomas’ Powertrain Division Managing Director and Team Principal Toto Wolff discuss the engines’ impact on this year’s form.
“Early in the season, we came out with some swings on the power unit,” Wolfe said. “We didn’t like some aspects of the engagement or the driveability of the power unit. And in the snow environment, you and your team can really increase the performance and cope with the difficult environment of the flying car that destroys your engine.
We were still extremely reliable and the engine was working well towards the middle and end of the season.
Mercedes’ current power unit design will be used by the team and its customers until 2026, as Formula 1 engine regulations were frozen at the start of the year.
“The two big things at the beginning of the season are first the power freezes and the hardware freezes,” Thomas added. “This is what we will use for the next three years.
“So we had a really big development program all last year and into that summer and we’re just trying to make sure it’s a big effort, a really big effort.”
But that design doesn’t take into account the extreme forces exerted by the crash – the brutal crashes and ejections that most F1 cars have experienced this year.
“It became very clear that the engines were taking a hell of a beating,” Thomas explained. “The bottom of the engines.
“I think when [Wolff] They came to Brixworth last week and saw some of the parts off the competition engines, it’s amazing to see how hard it hits the ground. And when they see Louis [Hamilton] And George [Russell] The Pyu’s were doing the same as they looked a little uncomfortable getting out of the car.
However, Mercedes had strong engine reliability throughout the season compared to its competitors. Wolff credited the powertrain department for some of the lap time gains the team made in the second half of the year.
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