Mercedes Team Principal, Toto Wolff, has confirmed that there will be a package of development parts to be delivered at the British Grand Prix, in what will be the last package for the season.
Despite the incoming upgrades, Wolff has conceded that Silverstone may not turn out in their favor, owing to the number of changes made to the W12 this season, suggesting that it is difficult to say anything conclusive.
“Normally, our car should be functioning better there than here,” said Wolff. “But then with these new regulations where they cut off big chunks of the floor, it’s very difficult to correlate and to say, ‘well, let’s go to Silverstone because that’s going to be our track.”
The Silver Arrows conceded to Red Bull for the fourth consecutive race at the Styrian Grand Prix, a dry spell last felt back in 2013 before the turbo-hybrid era. Silverstone has long been a Mercedes stronghold, with excellent results being produced at the British Grand Prix every year.
In addition, Wolff has also admitted that Mercedes have stopped using their wind tunnel for the 2021 car, thus signaling the shift of focus towards the 2022 car. He has also hinted that the development parts are not major in any way.
“There’s not going to be big parts changes,” Wolff explained. “There’s one more [development} that’s going to come on the car in Silverstone.”
This has made it clear that Mercedes is now committed to working on the new chassis for the 2022 season, which sees a new set of technical regulations. Mercedes have topped Free Practice 2 with a 1-2, but there is not much change from last week’s result besides that, so far.