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Tech: How Mercedes have shrunk their sidepods to extreme levels

Looking at the Mercedes W11 next to the 2019 championship-winning W10 and the most striking visual difference, besides the flashes of red from new sponsor INEOS, is the huge difference in the size of the sidepod inlets (below). This change to a much smaller inlet on the W11 may come as a surprise, given Mercedes struggled with its cooling last season. Many would expect a larger opening to channel more air through the radiators to cool the engine fluids, but Mercedes have gone in totally the opposite direction. This makes sense from a performance angle as larger openings equals more drag, which is something no team wants, therefore Mercedes have had to make some major internal changes to...
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