“How could we be so stupid?” »: Mercedes admits its faults in the development of the W15

Mercedes' recent progress has left the German team wondering how it could have been so "stupid" in not understanding the car's problems sooner, according to technical director James Allison.

Published on 21/06/2024 à 10:14

Dorian Grangier

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“How could we be so stupid?” »: Mercedes admits its faults in the development of the W15

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After two and a half years of broken promises, desperate optimism, backward progress and the Coué method, Mercedes would she finally be on the right path? The Silver Arrows, buoyed by their good overall result in Canada (pole position and podium for George Russell), firmly believe in it! According to James Allison, technical director of the German team, the developments made to the W15 should allow them to play at the forefront more regularly.

“The thing that bothered us since the start of the year, the biggest thing, was that we could have a decent car in a slow corner, a pretty decent car in a fast corner, but you couldn't get a good car in both at the same time, explains the British engineer. What has changed over the last two or three races is that we have modified the car so that it has a reasonable balance between high and low speeds and between corners. »

The Mercedes W15 no longer has « fear of no circuit »

After a difficult start to the season, with numerous indecisions in the development of the W15, Mercedes seems to have found the key with the developments made since the Monaco Grand Prix at the end of May. James Allison regrets that the solutions put in place took so long to be found by the German team, which has been suffering since 2022 and the introduction of the new technical regulations.

"The moments [when we say to ourselves] 'Eureka!' are those where we joyfully understand something that no one had understood before and where we advance knowledge. It's a wonderful thing, but you also think, 'Oh my God, how could we have been so stupid!?', when you see the way forward and you should have seen it sooner.", confides the technical director.

From now on, optimism has returned to the ranks of the German clan: according to James Allison, Canada's performance should not be one-off... and could happen again very quickly. “I think we can really make the car competitive this season and not afraid of any circuit, says the Mercedes manager. Although I am almost certain that we will do well in the next races, I would be surprised if we took pole position in the next race [at Barcelona], for example. But I am absolutely certain that we can be as fast as anyone in the coming period. »

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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YVES CHAMPOD

21/06/2024 at 11:24 a.m.

With the best driver of ALL time, it is curious that the feedback from this exceptional driver did not guide the many engineers of "Mercedes AMG Petronas" in the 'right direction'? ! ?

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