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Yuki Tsunoda “curious” about effect of zero pods on the Mercedes W13

Yuki Tsunoda "curious" about effect of zero pods on the Mercedes W13

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Mercedes’ eye-catching W13 car will have one fascinated observer of its progress in the near future – Yuki Tsunoda.

The AlphaTauri driver has admitted he is “curious” to see whether the intriguing design, minus sidepods, will produce the big pace gains that have been rumoured, with one report saying it could be worth up to a second per lap.

Tsunoda got a look at the W13 when it was wheeled onto the grid in Bahrain for the traditional pre-season photoshoot on day one of the official test, when the Mercedes car was the subject of much attention and discussion.

Views have been mixed, with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner initially quoted as having expressed doubts about the legality of his arch-rivals’ design, while F1’s motorsports managing director Ross Brawn described it as a “very extreme interpretation of the regulations”.

George Russell, who will be driving the W13, said “it’s not about how it looks, it’s about how fast it goes”.

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