Mercedes says there is no magic fix for their underperforming W13 car for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, as the Formula One world champions focus on points rather than upgrades.
The Silver Arrows, who have dominated the sport for the past eight seasons, have had a rough start, falling considerably behind Ferrari and Red Bull to finish third on the grid after two races.
Mercedes and their Melbourne hopes
Mercedes was anticipated to send the first changes to their W13 car for the third race in Melbourne this weekend, with a solution to the violent ‘porpoising’ critical, but it now appears that they will wait.
Two weeks before the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, the European season kicks off in Imola.
There won’t be a miracle fix for the next race weekend, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said. But they’re working to steadily make gains over the next races, to hopefully get us closer to the front of the group.
The Performance of Mercedes at present
Mercedes is 40 points behind Ferrari in the standings, and they are only ahead of Red Bull due to their opponents’ quadruple DNF in the first race, which handed Lewis Hamilton an unexpected podium.
They’re in a learning race, Wolff continued, and the first two weekends have proven that they still have a lot to learn.
At the moment, their track record isn’t living up to their expectations, but everyone at Brackley and Brixworth is working hard to figure out what’s wrong and how to fix it.
There are a lot of challenges ahead of the Mercedes team, but that is something they overcome when they unite as a team.
George Russel and Lewis Hamilton are making important contributions to the overall effort, providing necessary feedback. They are also spending time in the simulators and working together hand-in-hand to push the team forward.
How can Mercedes still win with Lewis Hamilton?
Despite a shaky start, Sky Sports F1’s Damon Hill believes Hamilton can win an unprecedented eighth championship this season.
Hamilton, who has won all but two of the sport’s driver titles since 2014, is presently fifth after two rounds and has only one point after qualifying in 16th place in Saudi Arabia.
Hill, on the other hand, feels Mercedes can maximize the car’s potential, and Hamilton will be ready to take advantage.
On Sky Sports News, Hill was asked if Hamilton could win the championship and answered, “I don’t see why not.”