The Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin admits that they have not found a way how to deal with porpoising.

Porpoising was among the biggest concerns for the Silver Arrows at the start of the season as it affects the performance of the W13 car. Shovlin revealed that Mercedes were trying to find a solution on Friday and though progress was made, they did not manage to get rid of it completely.

“We tried a few more experiments to understand the bouncing issue here, some which made it worse, some which helped, but we don’t yet have a solution to make the problem go away,” he said.

“We can reduce this slightly for [qualifying], as it’s affecting the drivers in a few of the corners and costing time.

“Compared to Bahrain, the car balance is in a better place and, in terms of degradation, we’re quite happy with what we have seen. Our single-lap [pace] still needs a bit of work, but we’ve got the [final practice] session to do that.

“Overall though, a reasonable day, but, clearly, we still have a bit of work to do before we’ll be troubling Red Bull or Ferrari.”

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