Mercedes’ early-season struggles “like a ghost was within the automobile”

Within the round-up: Lewis Hamilton described Mercedes’ early-season struggles to get on high of their W13 automobile as like having a “ghost” within the automobile

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Mercedes’ early-season struggles “like a ghost was within the automobile” – Hamilton

Hamilton described Mercedes’ early-season struggles to get on high of their W13 automobile as like having a “ghost” within the automobile.

Mercedes started the yr off the tempo of rivals Crimson Bull and Ferrari however appeared to claw again floor by the Spanish Grand Prix in Might. Nevertheless, the group would proceed to battle to problem for wins till finally claiming a one-two victory in Brazil with George Russell, the group’s solely win of the season.

“The primary large step was Barcelona, that was our first trace of there being extra potential within the automobile,” mentioned Hamilton. “It turned out to be a little bit of a false optimistic; the automobile was good there however then the races afterwards have been troublesome. It was like a ghost was within the automobile and it stored coming again.

“It’s been a really arduous yr for everybody. For me, it’s been difficult in ways in which I wasn’t anticipating, however I’m extremely grateful for that. I’ve felt extra development this yr as a person, by way of inner power, than I’ve in lots of different years.”

Seidl hiring reveals Audi are severe – Sainz Snr

Audi Dakar racer Carlos Sainz Snr says Andreas Seidl’s transfer to Sauber reveals “how severe” the producer is about succeeding in F1. Seidl was introduced as the brand new CEO of Sauber, whose group is at the moment branded by Alfa Romeo and can change into the Audi works squad in 2026.

“Seidl is a assure for severe work and success, he triumphed with Porsche in Le Mans, he introduced McLaren into form,” Sainz informed Velocity Week. “Seidl has a wonderful community inside the group, he brings numerous expertise to his new job, he speaks German, every part suits collectively. His signing didn’t shock me and it was logical.”

Edgar joins MP for 2023 FIA F3 season, Van Amersfoort indicators Smith

Crimson Bull junior driver Jonny Edgar will race with MP Motorsport in subsequent season’s FIA Formulation 3 championship, the group has introduced.

Edgar will compete in his third season within the premier F3 collection in 2023, after two campaigns with Carlin and Trident. Edgar missed a number of rounds of this yr’s championship for well being causes however nonetheless secured twelfth place within the championship.

Van Amersfoort have additionally signed GB3 driver Tommy Smith to race with them within the championship in 2023. Smith completed nineteenth within the GB3 standings in 2022, taking one race victory at Spa-Francorchamps.

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