For Mercedes, the 2022 season is going differently than expected. After becoming world constructors’ champions for the eighth time in 2021, they have trailed behind Red Bull Racing and Ferrari this season. In particular, the car’s rebound issues have caused a lot of problems in the opening stages of this season. Yet there is light at the end of the tunnel.
At least that’s how it seems after Miami, as Mika Hakkinen also points out. In his column on Unibet the former world champion explains that Mercedes can be fairly proud of its weekend in the city of Florida. Through upgrades they managed to largely solve the porpoises and with that they also gained some speed.
Weekend caught up on Sunday
†They looked very fast on Friday but as track conditions progressed to Saturday their speed droppedHakkinen is referring to qualifying, where George Russell already crashed in 12th place in Q2. Lewis Hamilton did a little better, but also didn’t get past sixth.
In the race it went a lot better, Hakkinen also sees. †George did a very good job taking care of his tires and running long into the race, sustaining a safety car period, and that worked out really well for himIn Hamilton’s case, the strategy actually worked against him, as the safety car came out just at the wrong time. Still, according to Hakkinen, Mercedes should look at the positive sides.”The team should actually be pretty happy to have both cars in the top six despite their problems†