Lewis Hamiton and Mercedes have found themselves far from competing with Ferrari and Red Bull during the 2022 championship. In six races, the Mercedes drivers have failed to win a single race so far. And it has been far more frustrating for Hamilton, who lost an opportunity of winning his eighth F1 championship last year to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
With new regulations in place, Mercedes have struggled with the porpoising and performance of the new W13. The Silver Arrows were forced to increase the car’s ride height to make it driveable, resulting in a significant loss of performance and downforce. The racing team showed some positive signs during Friday’s practice in Miami. There, George Russell emerged as the quickest driver in FP2. However, the Mercedes drivers failed to repeat their performance during Sunday’s race. While the racing team’s porpoising issues came back during the Grand Prix, they showed some positive improvement signs. This could allow Mercedes to get back in the 2022 title battle. However, the Silver Arrows still have a long way to go to challenge the frontrunners and get Hamilton another podium soon.
Recently, the team principal Toto Wolff admitted that the data from Miami’s race had yielded some important breakthroughs. This data will push the team in the right direction. While the progress has been slow, Wolff believes that Mercedes is not yet out of the run, and they can still put up a great fight for this year’s championship.
Toto Wolff Reveals Mercedes Might Have Some Answers To Their Troubles
Mercedes has struggled to fight for the championship after being the constructors’ champions for eight seasons on a trot. The new W13 has not performed as well as the Silver Arrows have hoped. And the team boss has revealed that they are working really hard to achieve a crucial breakthrough that could change the course of the season for Mercedes.
Toto admitted that Mercedes is the third quickest car across the circuit in 2022, behind Red Bull and Ferrari. Moreover, the team principal was happy that the drivers extracted maximum points. Talking about George’s performance, Wolff said that the 24-year-old had a great recovery drive, considering his grid start at P12, and the safety car also helped the Briton.
Moreover, Toto feels that Lewis was unfortunate after going strong all weekend. He was on course to securing a P5 without the race’s neutralization. The team principal had no doubts that a little luck would definitely go Hamilton’s way over the course of the season. Toto further said that the W13 showed some flashes of its true potential during Friday’s practice. The team experimented with setups and fitted new components. As a result, Mercedes came across some answers and indications of the direction they needed to work in. Wolff also mentioned that engineers are working very hard in the factory to decipher the data from Miami. They are trying to turn the revelations into improvements for the upcoming race in Barcelona.
The team principal shared that the team had a run in Barcelona during the winter testing with a car that has evolved a lot since then. Wolff feels that it would be a good place to test their data on the W13. Not just that, he is also hoping to make some progress. Moreover, he said that the Barcelona track is a good all-rounder, putting every aspect of the W13 to the test. But it has never been a good overtaking track.
Thus, Wolff believes that it will be thrilling to see how the newly developed 2022 F1 cars perform on the Spanish track. The Mercedes boss said the racing team is moving to Barcelona at the end of the first quarter. Toto feels that if the Silver Arrows translate the learnings, they will be able to translate the information by generating a better performance in the tract. In conclusion, the Mercedes boss told, “There’s still a lot of the game left to play.”