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Mercedes “many months” behind Red Bull and Ferrari due to porpoising

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In the round-up: Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says that his team are “many months” behind rivals Red Bull and Ferrari in their car development

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Mercedes “many months” behind Red Bull and Ferrari due to porpoising

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says that his team are “many months” behind rivals Red Bull and Ferrari in their car development due to their focus on reducing porpoising with their car.

The team finished third in the constructors’ championship behind Red Bull and Ferrari after starting the season struggling heavily from porpoising with their car. Eventually Mercedes improved their performance and won the Brazilian Grand Prix, but Wolff believes they have a lot of ground still to make up on their rivals.

“We lost many months of development because we simply had to solve the the porpoising problem before being able to actually add performance back into the car,” Wolff said.

“Because whatever we added in terms of downforce went nowhere – the drivers couldn’t feel it, the car became even more unpredictable and the bouncing got worse. So considering the six months delay in putting performance on the car is something that will be tremendously difficult to catch up against Ferrari and Red Bull.”

Honda gift Verstappen NSX Type S

Double Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen was presented with a new Honda NSX Type S from Honda as a gift for winning the 2021 and 2022 world championships.

Honda powered Verstappen and Red Bull to his first world championship title in 2021. While Verstappen successfully defended his championship in dominant fashion in 2022 using power units maintained by Red Bull, they were still designed and produced by Honda.

At the Honda Thanks Day end of season celebrations at the Motegi circuit in Japan, Honda chairman Seiji Kuraishi presented Verstappen with a new NSX Type S as a token of appreciation for helping Honda win their first drivers’ championship for over 30 years.

“That’s an incredible present. It’s an amazing car,” Verstappen said before taking the car for a drive. “I’m very, very proud to receive it, so thank you very much.”

Ferrari unveils Vision GT concept car for Gran Turismo

The Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo
Ferrari have unveiled a special Vision GT concept car in collaboration with Gran Turismo to be featured in the popular PlayStation racing game franchise.

The Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo concept was designed exclusively for the game, making Ferrari the latest manufacturer to produce a Vision GT concept alongside Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Nissan, Alpine, Aston Martin and others.

The concept features a V6 twin turbo engine, three electric motor hybrid system, an F1-style eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a top speed of over 350km/h. The car will be available to buy within GT7 from December 23rd, with players who successfully complete an in-game quiz event based around the GT World Finals able to buy it from December 15th.

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11 comments on “Mercedes “many months” behind Red Bull and Ferrari due to porpoising”

  1. *hands a tissue to Toto Wolff*

  2. Better than being years behind with an engine and no means of catching up.

  3. Oh please, will this never stop..?

    1. Apparently the no-blame culture doesn’t extend to the chassis.

      1. Seems Wolff is a pretty shrewd management guy. Looks like he is already lining up the excuses for the 2023 season. The next one that will “take them by surprise” will likely be the increase in ride height mandated for next year.
        Can’t wait for March, the singing and dancing is going to be spectacular.

        1. Maybe he should have just cheated and broke the budget cap like Redbull

          1. I think they needed more than 400k

  4. Porpoising is a schoolboy error, you shouldn’t have had the problem in the first place.

  5. Porpoising was a thing with the old wing cars of 40 years algo already.
    Surprising to see people with so much more technology and resources at hand being caught off guard by it.

  6. Pretty nice looking Ferrari, should be fun to play around with. Obviously not as spectacular as the fictional Red Bull, but it wasn’t intended to be a car like that judging by the listed specs.

    Too bad it’s hidden away in a game exclusively released on an unavailable console.

  7. Ferrari create imaginary car. Great.

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