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Mercedes F1 Eyes Mastery Over W15 in Japan

Mercedes F1 Eyes Mastery Over W15 in Japan

03/04/2024

As Mercedes F1 advances to Japan, the quest to dominate the W15 intensifies, amidst mixed performances.

Mercedes F1 is continuously seeking solutions to master its W15 as the team heads to Japan. Toto Wolff maintains that the car has shown competitiveness, yet the evidence doesn’t entirely support this claim, particularly following an Australian GP where the team recorded the seventh and 11th fastest times in qualifying, a decline from the second and third places in 2023.

“Returning to racing in Japan this weekend, after a challenging weekend in Australia, is positive,” Wolff concedes. “At times this year, the car has exhibited high performance, but we’ve struggled to maintain this during critical moments. Since Melbourne, our focus has been on enhancing the W15’s consistency.”

The Japanese GP circuit presents a significant challenge, which will offer the team further insights into their vehicle: “Suzuka is renowned for its combination of high-speed corners and slow bends.”

“The altitude changes will pose a very different challenge from the circuits we’ve raced on so far. It’s an excellent opportunity to apply our knowledge and evaluate the progress made since Australia.”

The Japanese Grand Prix’s shift from autumn to spring doesn’t greatly affect the team, aside from slight variations in conditions. However, the Austrian doesn’t see it as a revolutionary change in approach to the race.

“Moving the Japan race earlier in the year might not have a major impact, but understanding the track changes it brings will be crucial. The atmosphere in Suzuka is always incredible. I’m confident this weekend will be no exception.”

Mercedes F1 Eyes Mastery Over W15 in Japan. Mercedes F1 Eyes Mastery Over W15 in Japan

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