Mercedes' major upgrades get Singapore Grand Prix green light

Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg's hopes of a step forward in form from Mercedes have been lifted with their team poised to race its new Coanda-effect exhausts at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, AUTOSPORT can reveal

Mercedes' major upgrades get Singapore Grand Prix green light

The Brackley-based outfit tested a heavily revised exhaust layout on its W03 during last week's young driver test at Magny-Cours - making use of the concept that has been put to good use by a number of teams this year including Ferrari, McLaren and Sauber.

The developments completed more than 1000 kilometres during the three days of testing in the hands of Sam Bird and Brendon Hartley - and team sources suggest the outfit was hugely encouraged by the performance boost they brought to the car.

Mercedes now plans to fit the new exhaust layout to both Schumacher and Rosberg's cars in Friday practice in Singapore.

If the testing proves successful, then the team will commit to racing it on the Marina Bay circuit too.

Team principal Ross Brawn told AUTOSPORT last week that the benefits of the exhaust layout - which improves exhaust and airflow to the floor of the car - would be especially felt on the type of low speed corners that are so common in Singapore.

"We think that's quite significant in low speed traction," he said about where the speed was improved with the Coanda exhausts.

"The effect of the exhaust is more significant at lower speeds than higher speeds, and also brings you the balance perhaps you need for the rear tyre."

Brawn admitted at the Italian GP that the team had perhaps focused too much recently on understanding tyres, rather than bringing developments like the Coanda exhaust, which had meant it falling behind its rivals.

Mercedes also trialled a Lotus-style of double DRS during the Magny-Cours test too, but this is unlikely to be raced for a little while.

The team made significant progress with it last week and it could trial it in some Friday practice sessions to perfect its set-up before electing to race with it.

Although the W03 also appeared with a shark fin on the engine cover for the final day at Magny-Cours, AUTOSPORT has learned that this was not a performance development aimed to be raced this year but is instead part of an FIA-backed programme to help improve driver identification for fans.

shares
comments
Jerome d'Ambrosio deserves F1 chance, says Lotus boss Eric Boullier

Previous article

Jerome d'Ambrosio deserves F1 chance, says Lotus boss Eric Boullier

Next article

Champions celebrate F1 Racing's 200th

Champions celebrate F1 Racing's 200th
Load comments
The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness Plus

The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness

Long-awaited wins for ex-Formula 1 drivers Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen in IndyCar and IMSA last weekend gave F1 a reminder of what it is missing. But with the new rules aimed at levelling the playing field, there’s renewed optimism that more drivers can have a rewarding result when their day of days comes

The figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again in F1 2021 Plus

The figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again in F1 2021

OPINION: An interloper squad got amongst the title contenders during Formula 1’s street-circuit mini-break, where Red Bull left with the points lead in both championships. But, as the campaign heads back to purpose-built venues once again, how the drivers of the two top teams compare in one crucial area will be a major factor in deciding which squad stays in or retakes the top spot

Why Alfa's boss is ready for the task of securing a stronger F1 future Plus

Why Alfa's boss is ready for the task of securing a stronger F1 future

Two tenth places in recent races have lifted Alfa Romeo to the head of Formula 1's 'Class C' battle in 2021, but longer-term the Swiss-based squad has far loftier ambitions. With the new 2022 rules set to level out the playing field, team boss Frederic Vasseur has good reason to be optimistic, as he explained to Autosport in an exclusive interview

Formula 1
Jun 15, 2021
How Barnard’s revolutionary McLaren transformed F1 car construction Plus

How Barnard’s revolutionary McLaren transformed F1 car construction

The MP4/1 was pioneering by choice, but a McLaren by chance. STUART CODLING relates the tangled (carbonfibre) weaves which led to the creation of one of motor racing’s defining cars

Formula 1
Jun 15, 2021
Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool Plus

Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool

Windtunnel work forms the bedrock of aerodynamic development in Formula 1. But as PAT SYMONDS explains, advances in virtual research are signalling the end of these expensive and complicated relics

Formula 1
Jun 13, 2021
Why polarising Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour Plus

Why polarising Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour

The newspapers, naturally, lingered over Max Mosley’s tainted family history and niche sexual practices. But this is to trivialise the legacy of a big beast of motor racing politics. STUART CODLING weighs the life of a man whose work for safety on both road and track has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, but whose penchant for cruelty remains problematic and polarising

Formula 1
Jun 12, 2021
Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture Plus

Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture

Sergio Perez has spent most of his career labouring in Formula 1’s midfield, wondering whether he’d ever get another shot at the big time. Red Bull has handed him that chance and, although life at the top is tough, the Baku winner is doing all the right things to get on terms with Max Verstappen, says BEN ANDERSON

Formula 1
Jun 11, 2021
What the data tells us about the F1 2021 title fight Plus

What the data tells us about the F1 2021 title fight

Formula 1 has been tracking car performance using timing loops mounted every 200m around each circuit – to the extent that it was able to anticipate Ferrari’s 'surprise’ pole in Monaco. PAT SYMONDS explains what this means for this season and beyond

Formula 1
Jun 10, 2021