Exclusive: Glock identifies the ‘biggest issue’ affecting Mercedes

Exclusive: Glock identifies the ‘biggest issue’ affecting Mercedes

Former Formula 1 driver Timo Glock believes Mercedes faces a major “challenge” to return to championship winning ways.

The team appeared to have achieved more performance with the W14 at the US and Mexico City Grands Prix during the final triple header, only to have its confidence dashed by a shock performance at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix weekend with no straight line speed and high tire wear hampering Lewis. Hamilton and George Russell.

Team principal Toto Wolff described the race as “unforgivable” for the team, and felt his W14 did not deserve to win after a season of mediocre performance.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Racing News 365Thanks to LuckyBlock.com, Glock believes it will be difficult for the team to pull itself out of contention and return to competing for championships, which is what it has been doing as recently as 2021.

“That’s the worst case for a team, not understanding why you’re fast sometimes and why you’re slow sometimes,” Gluck says.

“It wasn’t a really bad weekend for them. Even in Mexico on Friday, they had trouble finding the right direction and suddenly, they made the right shift, and the car was in the right place.

“Then one week later they come to Brazil and nothing is working anymore. So that’s the worst-case scenario, that you don’t know at the moment why you’re fast and why you’re slow.”

Glock: The problem is clear at Mercedes

Of the 91 race starts Glock made during his Formula 1 career, 32 of them were with Toyota, which had a reputation for being a team that failed to reach its potential throughout the eight years he spent in Formula 1.

Toyota showed promise at the start of the 2009 season, and Glock believes Mercedes must do something similar if it wants to return to the juggernaut it was between 2014 and 2021.

“They need to find the trend and the reason why things look good in the simulation and the wind tunnel, but not in reality,” he continues.

“If you look back and see the old cars, that was the strength of Mercedes. They put new parts in the car and it worked.

“With the new concept car from the last few years, I think it’s pretty clear that there’s an issue in terms of connecting the simulation and the wind tunnel to reality.”

© RN365/Michael Potts

© RN365/Michael Potts

Challenge for Mercedes

Since the introduction of the budget cap in Formula One, teams have become more selective in the types of upgrades they bring to the track alongside the testing phase.

The goal is to save as much time as possible, while maintaining efficiency and reducing costs. Could this be one of Mercedes’ shortcomings in the last couple of years?

“That may be part of it, but I think in the end it worked in the past,” Gluck explains.

“Even if you bring small parts, or you’re only limited in terms of run time in the simulator or the wind tunnel, I think it should still be the case that you find the gain in the wind tunnel and it should work in reality.

“That’s not happening. I think it’s the completely new concept of these new cars that makes the problems right now is understanding what direction we should go in.”

Then-new technical director and director Mike Elliott recently joined the list of senior members leaving the team, having been the person responsible for heading up the design of the W13 and the first version of the W14 – with no sidewalls – with the Glock sensor. an opportunity.

“Mercedes has been strong for many years, which is what Red Bull is at the moment,” he says.

“The most challenging thing for the team is keeping the group together, and now they have a lot of change, and that affects the team and the team’s performance.

“But everyone is facing it at the moment. Even Red Bull is losing some players, which could affect the team. In the end, this is the biggest challenge for Mercedes; to regroup again and put the team in the right direction.”

Mercedes has been strong for many years, which is what Red Bull is today

– Timo Gluck

The Glock pin indicates the Russell problem on the Hamilton

Although they have had issues off the track, both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have also had their fair share of on-track moments that have affected the team this year. In Spain, they collided during qualifying, and again at the start in Qatar, forcing Hamilton to withdraw.

Glock believes Russell was a stranger to this, with Hamilton using his vast experience to get the most out of the car.

“George has been struggling a little more with these new updates since Austin, and he seems to like Louis a little more,” he adds.

“But on the other hand, it’s been an unlucky season for George. It seems like everything that worked last year didn’t work this year, and he was sometimes in the wrong place.

“The direction he should go seems to be a guess, and Lewis had experience with speed on his side being a bit more experienced.

He added: “Maybe they will find a better way to prepare the car for Louis which doesn’t seem to be working for George.”

“I think there’s no real kind of mental struggle on George’s part, I think he knows things are still fast and he shows it every time. It’s just a matter of getting the car in the right direction that he wants.”

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