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Video: Mercedes’ F1 suspension trick detailed, and why it’s legal

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
1 min read

Mercedes’ 2021 car produced the biggest talking point of the United States despite the team failing to win the race.

By now you’ve probably all seen the footage of the W12’s rear end sinking rather dramatically down the straight at the previous race in Turkey.

This rear suspension trick is not quite the magic bullet some people might have assumed but it has proven to be a very useful tool in the fight against Red Bull.

In this video we explain exactly what it is you’re seeing and how it works.

We also take a look at why it doesn’t fall foul of F1’s ban on moveable aerodynamic devices.

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