A problem with the integration of the Mercedes engine at Racing Point? The Racing Point team seems to be facing great difficulties with the integration of the Mercedes engine this season.
Since the introduction of the first Mercedes engine Spec 2 update at the Canadian Grand Prix, the Racing Point team has been facing difficulties and obvious reliability issues. In Montreal, it was Lance Stroll who suffered the consequences with an engine failure during the last free practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix, which forced the team to make a power unit change just before qualifying on the Canadian’s car.
At Spa in August, it was the Mexican Sergio Perez who had to stop his car at the end of the second free practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix, after suffering a mechanical breakdown in connection with the new Mercedes Spec 3 update.
Perez seemed pessimistic at the end of the day about his chances of getting this upgraded engine back, and his doubts were confirmed in the evening when Mercedes announced that the old Spec 2 would be used for the rest of the weekend.
Then last Sunday at the Singapore Grand Prix, Sergio Perez had to give up due to an oil leak on his Mercedes engine.
“Sergio was in the top ten when we spotted an oil leak, which forced us to remove the car immediately to protect the powertrain. “explained Otmar Szafnauer, Racing Point’s Director of Operations.
The integration of the German manufacturers hybrid V6 block, therefore, seems to be a problem at Racing Point this year, and there is no doubt that this area must already be the team’s priority for the 2020 chassis, which is currently under development for next year.
The reason for this big issue with Mercedes? Following the takeover of the Force India team in 2018, the purchase of the team by a Canadian consortium led by Lawrence Stroll in the middle of summer meant the Silverstone-based team had no choice but to develop their car for the 2019 season on the basis of the 2018 season’s chassis.
It is thought that this is the main reason for these integration problems with the Mercedes engine this year. Racing Point is not likely to improve their situation now until next season.
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