Mercedes used to have problems with the performance of its power unit in Mexico. However, according to team boss Toto Wolff, this is no longer the case.
The specific feature of the circuit in Mexico is the high altitude, which exceeds the level of 2200 meters above sea level. F1 cars therefore have to deal with thin air here – the single-seaters have less resistance as a result, but on the other hand they have less downforce and the power of the engines decreases.
In the past, Mercedes mainly had a problem with the engine here, due to the turbo, which did not work well enough in specific conditions and also overheated.
However, according to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, the engine department, which is called High Performance Powertrains (HPP), managed to eliminate this problem before this year’s Mexican GP.
“HPP has done a fantastic job in recent years. It was always our Achilles heel that our turbo didn’t breathe well enough,” Wolff said according to Autosport.
“It’s settled and we had a strong weekend. Our power unit was the same as all the others,” said the Mercedes boss after the Mexican GP.
“I’m really proud of what HPP has done with the power unit,” added Wolff.