Mercedes will run with a revised version of its low-drag package at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix as it bids to make up for its disappointing race pace in Belgium.
The team had hoped to take the fight to Red Bull at Spa, but Lewis Hamilton struggled to find a good setup with the car throughout the weekend and finished third. With Monza also demanding the kind of low-drag performance that was required for Spa, Mercedes has been working hard on implementing solutions that it hopes will deliver a step forward in form for Italy.
Team principal Ross Brawn revealed after Belgium that the team had been slightly baffled as to why its pace was lacking.
“I don’t think we quite got the car right,” he said. “We were there or thereabouts but it didn’t feel quite as sharp as we have had the last few races: whether that was because of the setup philosophy, or some of the changes we made, we will have to go back through.
“The aero package certainly did what it should do, but we were not very good in sector one, and our performance through Eau Rouge was poor. Our car had good grip in the [other] fast corners, though, which was slightly odd.”