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George Russell

Russell names 'feature' he hopes is not on Mercedes' 2023 car

Mercedes were the team that suffered the most from porpoising and bouncing at the start of the 2022 F1 season, something George Russell hopes they've cured for next year.

Russel Abu Dhabi
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The W13 has been one of Mercedes' most unsuccessful Formula 1 cars in recent years, with just one race win compared to the W12's nine and W11's 13 in a season.

One of the main symptoms of this lack of performance early on was the porpoising and bouncing effect, brought on by the radical new regulations for 2022.

Even though the new rules look to have brought the field closer together, a lot of teams suffered from the porpoising phenomenon which has adverse effects on performance.

George Russell hopes this is not a "feature" on their 2023 challenger, as they look to get back to challenging for championships.

Russell: The rear of the car bounces and just slides the tyre

"I think the facts are if you have more porpoising in the corners like we had in Abu Dhabi, it's not improving the lap time," he explained to media, including RacingNews365.com.

"You need to push the car to its limit, but we were trying to avoid porpoising in the corners because the rear of the car was bouncing around and just sliding the tyre.

"So I hope that this won't be a feature on next year's car, but definitely on all high-speed corners it's always just been there in the background."

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