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

“We have not obtained far to go now. However we’ll preserve growing the automotive for a short while.”; 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 6:54am


Mercedes say turning one among their worst weekends of the 12 months into their greatest on the Hungarian GP has made them “excited” for the second half of the season, and are promising extra automotive enhancements.

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

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

“We needed to make quite a lot of modifications in a single day,” defined technical director Mike Elliott in Mercedes’ newest post-race debrief. “We talked on Friday about among the issues we might executed taking us within the mistaken course on setup.

“We misplaced the automotive steadiness, it grew to become a mixture of oversteer and understeer that the drivers had been battling. We misplaced total grip, after which on prime of that we had been managing a system downside that meant we needed to run somewhat bit extra cooling than we’d 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 concerning the second half of the season after ending P2 on the Hungarian GP.

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

“So total there fairly a couple of issues that contributed to it. We did not know that we had been going to repair all these. We knew why we had 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 downside. The automotive tempo was additionally excellent, and it is all the time 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 automotive is now by way of tempo now in qualifying, within the race. We had quite a lot of floor to make up from the beginning of the 12 months. We have been working onerous attempting to deliver bits to each race, and it’s actually satisfying now to see that we’re racing with the Ferraris and Crimson Bulls proper on the entrance.”

Mercedes seem to have gotten to grips with their W13 automotive and its porpoising, whereas their one-lap tempo was an enormous optimistic 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 Crimson Bull maintain huge leads within the drivers’ and constructors’ championships, Mercedes have promised extra automotive upgrades.

“We have got extra coming,” mentioned Elliott. “We’re attempting to deliver some efficiency to Spa. That can hopefully shut that hole. We have not obtained far to go now. However we’ll preserve growing the automotive for a short while now.

“We’re fairly excited although, the previous couple of races have been essentially the most enjoyable we have had all 12 months, and we’re simply hoping we are able to take that additional step as a result of we positively wish to be successful races within the close to future.

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

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