After winning in all the seasons of the hybrid era in Formula 1, the Mercedes team changed to a very different journey with the arrival of the new
After winning in all the seasons of the hybrid era in Formula 1, the Mercedes team changed to a very different journey with the arrival of the new 2022 regulations. From winning everything to being very far from the head of the race. “The beginning of the season did not go well at all, there are no other words to describe it, because you win the championship in December and a few months later you are not fighting with the leaders, it is frustrating”, comments the director of Mercedes, Toto Wolff, in the Mercedes official website. The Brackley team has been the one that has suffered the most from porpoising, an effect that has limited them until they have found a solution. Once the problem was solved, in Barcelona, according to the director of Mercedes, they have been able to improve the car in other areas. “Our biggest weakness was that the car bounced with the famous ‘porpoising’ and that has influenced all our development,” explains the Austrian in his season analysis on the Mercedes website.
Wolff and Manchester United
Totto Wolff has also explained in an interview with the Financial Times that he looked to Manchester United to assimilate why his streak with Mercedes had ended. “No sports team in any sport has ever won eight World Championship titles in a row and there are many reasons for that, and what is at the center is the human being.” The English soccer team has not won a lightweight title since 2013 since the departure of Alex Ferguson as coach. A lesson on how to understand mistakes to work on your return to success.
In the last three races his two men, Hamilton and Russell, have been on the podium. In the last race George Russell sealed the first pole of his career and premiered the Mercedes marking on Saturdays after the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP. With the passing of the races, Mercedes has been improving its car and closing distances. Until the summer break they have garnered the same number of podium finishes as Ferrari, eleven so far this season. For Wolff, the role of the team has been very important. From the factory they have always worked at the highest level, they were even clear candidates for the title, simply because of the competitive hunger they have since Brackley. That work says it will lead them to victories again. “We have been humble about our expectations and about the rivals, who have done a great job, but we are clear about our objectives. We want to be the leaders again, fight for victories and for the world championships”.
Everything seems that at the return of summer they will be closer than ever after the great performance of Hungary. “In the second part of the year we hope to increase our speed in qualifying to be able to compete for victories”, explains the Austrian engineer. The Germans are third in the Constructors’ World Championship with 304, 30 points behind Ferrari. They have only added 40.5 points less than last year with the same appointments held, despite being so far behind Ferrari and Red Bull for much of the year.