Mercedes: ‘Excited’ F1 world champions promise extra to come back in 2022 after upturn in type

“We’ve not acquired far to go now. However we’ll maintain creating the automobile for a short time.”; Mercedes loved greatest weekend of the season on the Hungarian GP, with a pole place and a double podium within the race

Final Up to date: 05/08/22 8:20am


Mercedes say turning one in every of their worst weekends of the yr into their greatest on the Hungarian GP has made them “excited” for the second half of the season, and are promising extra automobile enhancements.

Within the final race earlier than the summer time break in Budapest, Mercedes struggled again within the midfield in Friday apply however then claimed their first pole of 2022 and have been in competition for the victory.

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finally completed second and third, beating the Ferraris on pure tempo.

“We needed to make lots of modifications in a single day,” defined technical director Mike Elliott in Mercedes’ newest post-race debrief. “We talked on Friday about a number of the issues we would achieved taking us within the improper route on setup.

“We misplaced the automobile stability, it turned a mixture of oversteer and understeer that the drivers have been scuffling with. We misplaced general grip, after which on prime of that we have been managing a system drawback that meant we needed to run somewhat bit extra cooling than we might usually, and likewise that was affecting our deployment.

Lewis Hamilton said he is feeling really excited about the second half of the season after finishing P2 at the Hungarian GP.

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Lewis Hamilton mentioned he’s feeling actually excited in regards to the second half of the season after ending P2 on the Hungarian GP.

Lewis Hamilton mentioned he’s feeling actually excited in regards to the second half of the season after ending P2 on the Hungarian GP.

“So general there fairly just a few issues that contributed to it. We did not know that we have been going to repair all these. We knew why we have been doing every particular person change, however it was very thrilling to see the tempo that each drivers had on Saturday in qualifying.”

He added: “This final one was significantly satisfying as a result of we weren’t counting on the misfortune of anybody dropping out with a reliability drawback. The automobile tempo was additionally superb, and it is at all times good to have race earlier than you go into that interval of vacation.

“Probably the most satisfying factor although is to see the place the automobile is now when it comes to tempo now in qualifying, within the race. We had lots of floor to make up from the beginning of the yr. We have been working laborious making an attempt to convey bits to each race, and it’s actually satisfying now to see that we’re racing with the Ferraris and Pink Bulls proper on the entrance.”

Mercedes seem to have gotten to grips with their W13 automobile and its porpoising, whereas their one-lap tempo was an enormous constructive from Hungary.

Toto Wolff was left delighted with Lewis Hamilton securing P2 at the Hungarian GP, but was quick to point out that Mercedes aren't where they want to be just yet.

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Toto Wolff was left delighted with Lewis Hamilton securing P2 on the Hungarian GP, however was fast to level out that Mercedes aren’t the place they wish to be simply but.

Toto Wolff was left delighted with Lewis Hamilton securing P2 on the Hungarian GP, however was fast to level out that Mercedes aren’t the place they wish to be simply but.

The season continues on August 28 with the Belgian GP and whereas Pink Bull maintain massive leads within the drivers’ and constructors’ championships, Mercedes have promised extra automobile upgrades.

“We have extra coming,” mentioned Elliott. “We’re making an attempt to convey some efficiency to Spa. That may hopefully shut that hole. We’ve not acquired far to go now. However we’ll maintain creating the automobile for a short time now.

“We’re fairly excited although, the previous couple of races have been probably the most enjoyable we have had all yr, and we’re simply hoping we will take that additional step as a result of we undoubtedly wish to be profitable races within the close to future.

“So we’re working laborious to attempt to obtain that.”

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