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Mercedes had a disappointing run at the recent Chinese Grand Prix. The team’s harrowing phase continues, with both the drivers missing out on top spots. While George Russell came home with the sixth spot, Lewis Hamilton was three spots below. Although Hamilton finished the sprint second, he was at the eighteenth spot after the qualifying. 

During the race, the seven-time world champion complained that the car was ‘slow.’ On the other hand, Russell proclaimed that the new upgrade was responsible for the failure. Now, James Allison, the technical director of Mercedes, is willing to make necessary upgrades to overlook the ordeal of Shangai. 


Mercedes Is Keen To Learn From Mistakes At Chinese GP


The Silver Arrows encountered a mishap in Shanghai due to parc ferme regulations. The latest regulations allow the team to make alterations between sprint and GP qualifying sessions. Although the rule modifications provided an opportunity for the teams, things didn’t go well for Mercedes. However, the technical head, James Allison, acknowledged the team’s fiasco in China. Moreover, James looks forward to Miami GP, as they have learned a ‘valuable lesson.’ He believes the priority should be the sprint session rather than the primary race while upgrading. In addition, the 56-year-old Englishman thinks the race track is the best place to learn about the car’s design. The difference between China and Miami is that the latter is a rear-limited circuit. Thus, it’ll require tweaking different from the Shanghai racing circuit. Therefore, prioritizing the sprint with an orthodox approach for the main race is the best foot forward. 

The technical team is working on upgrades ahead of the upcoming sprint race. The Silver Arrows are committed to enhancing the W15 racing machine. The Mercedes team would like to score a few more points at Miami to narrow the gap with rivals. It will be interesting to see how the team performs after contemplating its past mistakes. 

Nightmare Continues For Lewis Hamilton At Mercedes 

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Lewis Hamilton, who finished the Chinese Grand Prix in ninth spot, is struggling. The 39-year-old is going through the worst season start, with 19 points across five races. The seven-time world champion is yet to finish a race ahead of his teammate, George Rusell. Now, to enhance the performance, the Briton tried various upgrade setups. However, the upgrade didn’t go as planned, as he qualified for the eighteenth position. Consequently, the ex-Jordan technical head, Gary Anderson, heavily criticized the move. Anderson believes that Hamilton is in denial of the reality, as Mercedes has yet to produce a powerful racing machine. 

In addition, Anderson asked Lewis to ‘learn’ from his teammate Russell. The 73-year-old wants the Mercedes driver to understand that the car has had fundamental issues since 2022. Further, no number of upgrades will help Lewis get a front spot. 

The Miami GP will serve as an opportunity for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton to turn the adversities around.