The penultimate pre-season test session in Bahrain ended with Mercedes almost completely opposite in the combined ranking of the day: while Lewis Hamilton concluded al 5th placethe teammate George Russell it only ended in 13th position, with a performance that can hardly be indicative of the real strengths of the W13, the absolute protagonist of the aerodynamic solutions presented at Sakhir. The statements by Andrew Shovlin, Technical Director of the Brackley House. The British engineer has in fact analyzed in detail the work done today by the team, with the program entrusted to both drivers that will be exchanged for the last day of testing, scheduled for tomorrow.
“It has been a busy day – explained Shovlin – with a mix of tests that alternated with a low and high amount of fuel, all while we continue to learn about the car and the tires. We are exploring a number of configuration options to try and improve the bounce. We have guessed some solutions that are actually able to contain this phenomenon, but it goes anyway found the right balance between porpoising and performance of the car, which clearly represents the real challenge. For tomorrow we will have a similar program to today – he concluded – with Lewis taking to the track with more fuel, while George will have less. We still have a lot of work to do, but the car worked reliably, which helped us get good mileage and execute our plan on a regular basis. “