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Column | Mercedes vulnerable on slow speed circuits

In the last two Grand Prix, the Mercedes F1 team has only scored seven points, through Lewis Hamilton’s seventh place at the Monaco Grand Prix. Could this be down to fundamental issues with the car design? Pre-season Testing The FIA mandated removal of particular rear-end downforce elements through the regulation changes between the 2020 & 2021 seasons, in order to bring the field closer together performance-wise. Specifically, bargeboard air diversion elements were to be reduced in intricacy, and diffuser vanes were to be reduced in length. With this, all teams had to work hard to bring back downforce levels to help limit their losses in the 2021 season. Throughout pre-season testing,...
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