Mercedes to respond with aero developments for Chinese GP

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Paddy Lowe says Mercedes will work to improve the W06’s tyre management over longer runs following the Malaysian Grand Prix, even if he admits the difficulties it faced were due to unusual circumstances.

The German marque has gone on the offensive after Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s win at Sepang, vowing to come back stronger in China by analysing its flaws in Malaysia and introducing new developments for Shanghai.

Indeed, though Lowe admits the unusually higher than usual temperatures in Sepang arguably contributed to its problems, he says Mercedes should still use the opportunity to improve the car to avoid a repeat in the future.

“As with every race, we’ve spent time analysing the weekend in Sepang to identify areas for improvement,” he said. “The most significant weakness was our tyre management during long runs. Exceptionally high track temperatures – even by Malaysian standards – contributed to this, however it is essential to have a car which performs at all circuits and in all conditions, so there is work to be done on that front.

“China presents a different challenge. Temperatures can vary dramatically year-on-year, but are generally quite low. It’s also a front-limited circuit – the opposite of Sepang – with a good mix of corners and a long straight, so it will be interesting to see how the different cars perform at yet another circuit characteristic for this new season.

“It is now clearer than ever that there is serious competition for this World Championship, so we will continue to work flat out for performance gains. We have a range of new aerodynamic developments for Shanghai and are targeting an improved performance from Malaysia.”


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