Mercedes “taking nothing for granted” after testing

2014 F1 season

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Bahrain, 2014Mercedes say they are not taking their performance for granted at the start of the season despite their strong showing in pre-season testing.

The team covered more kilometres than any of their rivals with the W05 chassis but experienced gearbox and engine problems on the last two days of testing in Bahrain.

Executive director of business Toto Wolff expects the first race of the year in two weeks’ time to be “a reality check for every team on the grid”.

“We have experienced ups and downs during these pre-season tests, with two challenging days in particular right at the end,” he said.

“The problems we have faced during the last 48 hours would have had a significant impact on a race weekend and reliability is still the biggest obstacle we have to overcome. With that in mind, we will be taking nothing for granted in our preparations for the first race and beyond.”

However Wolff admitted Mercedes have a “very promising platform to work from” as the beginning of the season looms closer.

Executive director of technical Paddy Lowe revealed the team’s gearbox problem was discovered at 4am on the morning of the final day of testing. He said it then “cascaded into a number of other faults and meant we didn’t get out on track until 12:40pm”.

“Great credit to the crew who I know must have been tired after an intense month-long testing programme, but still went the extra mile to get the car turned around before lunch,” he added.

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11 comments on Mercedes “taking nothing for granted” after testing

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 2nd March 2014, 18:19

    I guess even these issues are somewhat positive, as they are because of having a lot of mileage on the PU and engine.

  2. Mach1 (@mach1) said on 2nd March 2014, 18:29

    It does seem that the “power unit” components are much more reliant on each other and more integrated than previous seasons. Therefore if one component “breaks” or “goes slightly wrong” it can have a huge impact for all the other systems. I assume that unlike last year when Red Bull’s KERS failed and they could still run the car….if the ERS goes this year…the car will not go at all?

    So a minor problem with the gearbox or whatever seems to a have a cascade effect across the other power unit systems, creating longer “repair times” and a headache for the mechanics….

    Am I correct in this assumption?

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 2nd March 2014, 18:41

      I think you are correct, and I imagine it is going to be hard to keep track of which components have been used and when, as it is likely that they will be swapping whole ERS, ICE, CPUs and gearboxes during weekends just to stay on track.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 3rd March 2014, 6:33

      Yes, Ferrari said something similar to your assumptions. These machines are more complex and fixing a problem takes too long. Mechanics will have a very tough season.

  3. George (@george) said on 2nd March 2014, 18:50

    They were working on the car at 4am? Geez.

  4. slowhand (@slowhand) said on 2nd March 2014, 18:56

    Executive director of technical Paddy Lowe revealed the team’s gearbox problem was discovered at 4am on the morning of the final day of testing

    Does anyone know if the mechanics’ working hours will continue to be limited on race weekends with a restriction on the number of “all nighters” they may work or will the rule be amended given the technical complexity of the new formula ?

  5. Michael (@mhonners) said on 3rd March 2014, 10:04

    When it comes to Melbourne how do teams get the reliability across to the 2nd car? It won’t have the running and work the other ones had

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