Mercedes will not rule out a return to the old concept car in the middle of F1 fights as Lewis Hamilton says the team ‘has not improved’

“I wouldn’t give up anything”; Mercedes does not rule out a return to the older car concept after the world champions continued to struggle The Spanish Grand Prix is ​​the next race on the calendar for the weekend of May 20-22 with full coverage only on Sky Sports F1

Last updated: 10/05/22 6:13 am

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has not ruled out a return to the older car concept

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has not ruled out a return to the older car concept

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff does not rule out a return to an older car concept that is “much slower on paper” after the continued fight of world champions in 2022.

Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, insists the current W13 car – despite five data races and new upgrades for the Miami Grand Prix – has not improved at all since the start of the season.

Mercedes had a promising but ultimately disappointing weekend in Miami, starting the latest F1 event by being at the top of training schedule on Friday, but then returning after a subtle change of cars for qualifying and racing, with George Russell and Hamilton on eventually finished fifth and sixth.

Despite an improved weekend for Mercedes, Toto Wolff admits the team is in a kind of limbo behind Ferrari and Red Bull

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Despite an improved weekend for Mercedes, Toto Wolff admits the team is in a kind of limbo behind Ferrari and Red Bull

Despite an improved weekend for Mercedes, Toto Wolff admits the team is in a kind of limbo behind Ferrari and Red Bull

The biggest problem of the team is the violent jumping of their car on the track, which is not reflected in their simulations. Difficulties led to Wolff being asked if the team should return to the previous design, with the concept car that Mercedes originally debuted in 2022 tested in Barcelona looking much more consistent with its pace compared to the ‘no sidecar’ look. the team debuted at the next test in Bahrain and has remained since.

On Sunday night after the race in Miami, Wolff said the Barcelona car was “obviously much slower on paper” because he insisted: “We need to find out how we can make the current car work predictably for drivers.”

But he also didn’t rule out change at some point.

George Russell says Mercedes is still trying to ‘unlock performance’ but enjoyed a fight with Lewis Hamilton for fifth

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George Russell says Mercedes is still trying to ‘unlock performance’ but enjoyed a fight with Lewis Hamilton for fifth

George Russell says Mercedes is still trying to ‘unlock performance’ but enjoyed a fight with Lewis Hamilton for fifth

“I wouldn’t give up on anything,” the Mercedes team director explained. “But we have to give priority to doubt to all our people who have produced great race cars in the past, and we believe that’s the way to go.”

Wolff said Mercedes has not experienced these correlation problems with any of its title-winning cars, but added: “We are loyal to the current concept.

“We don’t look at the lady next door to see if we like it more or not, because it’s still good. We need to understand, before we decide on another concept – where did this one go wrong? And which is the god of the concept and which is the bad concept?”

Hamilton: We haven’t improved Russell keeps the faith

Hamilton had another frustrating weekend in Miami as he was a comfortably faster Merc car before, unfortunately, the timed Safety Car eventually led to him finishing behind his young teammate Russell for the fourth race in a row.

Hamilton is also looking forward to Mercedes ’car improvements. He insisted that despite updates, including a new front wing, in Miami, the W13 was not faster throughout the year. This is in contrast to Red Bull and Ferrari, which continue to advance ahead.

Lewis Hamilton remained frustrated after finishing sixth at the Miami GP and admits he was confused as to why he was asked to make a decision on the bot during the safety car

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Lewis Hamilton remained frustrated after finishing sixth at the Miami GP and admits he was confused as to why he was asked to make a decision on the bot during the safety car

Lewis Hamilton remained frustrated after finishing sixth at the Miami GP and admits he was confused as to why he was asked to make a decision on the bot during the safety car

Asked if Mercedes had taken a step forward in Miami, Hamilton said: “Unfortunately, it hasn’t.

“We are at the same speed as in the first race and we simply did not progress in these five races.

“But I hope we succeed at some stage. We just have to work hard and work hard.”

Russell, meanwhile, echoed Wolff’s sense of faith in the current car concept.

“We showed on Friday that we have a fast car, there is a fast car there and I have complete faith and confidence that it is out there somewhere and we just need to understand how to unlock it,” he told Sky Sports.

“I think we can find parts and parts and parts of the time circle if we just find that deadly key to bring it to that perfect place.

“I’m not sure if it will be the next race, but the guys work day and night in the factory to find a solution and we all believe we can so we have to stick to our weapons, keep pushing in this direction and it will be a few races before we say that we have to go the other way, but I believe in them. “

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