Brawn: Mercedes F-duct still needs work

Mercedes GP boss Ross Brawn has admitted that his team's F-duct system is still not working as efficiently as it should

Brawn: Mercedes F-duct still needs work

Although Mercedes introduced a version of the McLaren-pioneered system in the Chinese Grand Prix in April, the German squad is still not completely satisfied with how it's working.

Brawn admitted the Mercedes F-duct is still generating too much drag on the straights, something the team will be hoping to rectify for the next race in Canada, where top speed is crucial.

"I think when you get the F-duct working properly you have both. You have the downforce in the corners and then turn drag off on the straight. At the moment we are not turning off enough drag on the straight," said Brawn after the Turkish Grand Prix.

"As we said before, McLaren were clever enough to come up with the concept and have a lot more experience of it. You are seeing certain teams abandoned in Turkey and when it works properly it is a very, very powerful tool - and we are persevering with it.

"It works in a certain way with it, but not giving us the full benefit yet. We have the right compromise with what we have. We will be a little bit vulnerable with straightline speed but best compromise for that time and consistency on tyres."

Despite the concerns about the F-duct, both Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher are hopeful of a strong result in Canada.

"Our Mercedes-Benz engine will certainly be a big help on the main straight," said Rosberg in a team preview. "We will have some further upgrades for the race weekend and the fact that the circuit characteristics are quite different from Istanbul Park makes me go there with high hopes. I think we might just put in a great result."

Schumacher added: "The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is all about top speed so we have worked very hard on this, especially as we know that we are not right at the top in that area. However I am convinced that we will be able to get the best out of our package."

shares
comments
Canada preview quotes: Sauber
Previous article

Canada preview quotes: Sauber

Next article

Canada preview quotes: Lotus

Canada preview quotes: Lotus
Load comments
The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Plus

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Plus

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. JAMES NEWBOLD hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwarts

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022
When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Plus

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022
How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Plus

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Formula 1
Jan 10, 2022
The steps Norris took to reach a new level in F1 2021 Plus

The steps Norris took to reach a new level in F1 2021

Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as STUART CODLING finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…

Formula 1
Jan 9, 2022
The original F1 maestro who set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton Plus

The original F1 maestro who set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton

Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls a remarkable champion

Formula 1
Jan 8, 2022
How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam Plus

How Russell sees his place in the Mercedes-Hamilton F1 superteam

George Russell joining Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes this year gives it arguably the best line-up in Formula 1 – if it can avoid too many fireworks. After serving his apprenticeship at Williams, Russell is the man that Mercedes team believes can lead it in the post-Hamilton era, but how will he fare against the seven-time champion? Autosport heard from the man himself

Formula 1
Jan 6, 2022
How F1 pulled off its second pandemic season and its 2022 implications Plus

How F1 pulled off its second pandemic season and its 2022 implications

OPINION: The Formula 1 season just gone was the second to be completed under the dreaded shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in many ways it was much more ‘normal’ than 2020. Here’s the story of how the championship’s various organisers delivered a second challenging campaign, which offers a glimpse at what may be different next time around

Formula 1
Jan 5, 2022