Martin Brundell: Mercedes should unlock an “excellent” car, not wait for a change of rules to allow pollution

Lewis Hamilton suffered severe back pain during the Azerbaijani Grand Prix, while George Russell believed that “broader talks” should be held about the guinea pig and jumping; despite the problems, Mercedes collected points in Baku, with Russell finishing third and Hamilton fourth

Last updated: 13/06/22 23:37

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Martin Brundell is surprised that Mercedes is struggling to unlock the potential in its car and continues to have problems

Martin Brundell is surprised that Mercedes is struggling to unlock the potential in its car and continues to have problems

Martin Brandel says he is surprised that Mercedes does not seem to be able to unlock the potential of its “excellent” car and sees little chance of rival teams voting to change the rules in their favor.

Following the introduction of new regulations at the start of the 2022 Formula One season, Mercedes’ new W13 has been particularly hard hit by odor and jump problems.

In Azerbaijan, Lewis Hamilton said the race was the most painful of his career and that only adrenaline had helped him reach the checkered flag, while his teammate George Russell believed that wider talks were needed to resolve the issue. the whole sport.

“The teams that ranked him make it clear that this is a problem for Mercedes, not Formula One,” said Brundell. Sky Sports News.

“It simply came to our notice then.

Explore Hamilton's experience driving around Baku City Circuit and the challenges it faces

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Explore Hamilton’s experience driving around Baku City Circuit and the challenges it faces

Explore Hamilton’s experience driving around Baku City Circuit and the challenges it faces

“Of course, [Mercedes] they can fix it by lifting the car, but then they lose a huge amount of performance.

“So, they had to put the car low, hard on the suspension and hard on the sidewall of the new tires, and they had to sacrifice the comfort of performance.

“What’s really surprising is that Mercedes just can’t handle what actually looks like a pretty great car if they could just unlock it.”

Red Bull is the leader in both the drivers ‘championship and the constructors’ championship, and team leader Christian Horner has said he will not want to vote for a change in the regulations.

He said: “If this was something that affected everyone, then yes, [the regulations should change] for safety reasons, but you can see that some cars are absolutely fine and others are struggling.

“That’s why I think the focus is on the team deciding it, not changing the rules. This is something they are struggling with, not something our drivers are complaining about.

“I think it would be unfair if there was a change just because they missed the mark.

Watch the most important moments of the GP of Azerbaijan from the track in the city of Baku

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Watch the most important moments of the GP of Azerbaijan from the track in the city of Baku

Watch the most important moments of the GP of Azerbaijan from the track in the city of Baku

This weekend it was reported that the teams voted against the proposal to reduce the guinea pig before the start of the season – and Brundle sees little chance for the teams to change the rules now.

“In general, we had a guinea pig in the ’80s. When you have these cars with a ground effect, this has always been a problem. He is still in sports car racing; i was in les mann and in the prototypes there they have problems with marine formation and the effect of land on jumping. It needs management.

“Asking the other teams to change the rules to help Mercedes is like asking a turkey to vote for Christmas.

“I do not underestimate what George Russell and Lewis Hamilton are going through because it seems particularly painful.

“And the Ferrari drivers right at the critical breakpoints, which seems pretty complicated to me, I don’t know how they go around corners, to be honest.”

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Explore Hamilton’s experience driving around Baku City Circuit and the challenges it faces

After productive training and qualifying in Azerbaijan, Ferrari had a nightmare race day, with Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc having to retire due to an engine failure.

Leclerc, who led the championship after five races, has now dropped to third place behind the Red Bull and Brundle drivers, signaling that a variety of Ferrari reliability issues will undermine their driver’s hopes for the title.

“We are in the middle of the season of 22 races, the races are coming to us mercilessly. If you have a big problem, go and fix it, but there are different gremlins that Ferrari has.

“Charles Leclerc must be beyond himself. He could have four glorious victories; he puts the car in pole position, drives beautifully and then things like that [engine failure] too much is happening to him.

Matthias Binoto discusses Ferrari's challenging race day in Baku and looks ahead to the rest of the season

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Matthias Binoto discusses Ferrari’s challenging race day in Baku and looks ahead to the rest of the season

Matthias Binoto discusses Ferrari’s challenging race day in Baku and looks ahead to the rest of the season

“His reliability costs a lot now, a chance to become a world champion. His strategy cost Monaco a chance for a glorious victory in his hometown.

“He loves Ferrari and Ferrari loves him in the way that the last time I saw something like that was between Michael Schumacher and the Ferrari team.

“There’s an awful lot of love to burn there, but Leclerc must be feeling as bruised as Louis’s back right now.

There is little time for team engineers to work or for drivers to recover, as the Formula One season continues this weekend with the Canadian GP.

The first training session for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal is held on Friday with full coverage of the weekend, live Sky Sports F1. Canadian GP coverage starts at 5.30pm BST on Sunday night with the lights off at 7pm.

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