Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is set to receive a big boost to his hopes of landing a record eight world championships with a fresh upgrade being handed to him by the Silver Arrows.
The Stevenage-born driver can expect this upgrade to be delivered as early as the Australian Grand Prix starting next week.
After what has been a rather difficult start to the season, this will come as welcome news to Hamilton.
Although Bahrain did see Hamilton get a podium finish, he would be the first to admit that luck played its part in that result.
Generally, Mercedes has been woeful compared to its usual lofty standards all the way from pre-season into the first two rounds.
Hamilton was handed a reality check in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix where he finished a disappointing P10, which prompted him to ask his team engineer on the radio whether that even got them any points.
Russell, meanwhile, has fared better in the early part of the season.
He has managed a top-5 finish in both the races so far. He even offered advice that would help fix 99% of Mercedes’ problems.
German magazine Auto Motor und Sport has now reported that a fresh update to Mercedes’ rear-wing design could propel the team back amongst the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull in terms of pace and consistency.
Mercedes opted for a ‘zero sidepod’ design which turned a lot of heads during pre-season testing.
Early remarks made one feel as though this was a revolutionary bit of engineering from Mercedes. Results, however, have not quite panned out the way the team was hoping for.
Hamilton can expect upgrade ahead of Australian GP
Hamilton was so frustrated with his car during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix that he openly called it ‘undriveable’ in the set-up used.
However, this update will come as music to the ears of Hamilton.
If the report holds true, the change in rear-wing design could be implemented ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.
It is believed that this will significantly improve the porpoising problem that the team has been facing this season.
It remains to be seen, however, whether this will completely rectify the car without harming some other performance aspects.
Currently sitting in fifth position in the drivers’ standings, Hamilton will hope Mercedes can put its early-season problems behind itself before the gap at the top becomes insurmountable.