James Vowels’ reality check to Mercedes fans: “It would be wrong to say the ‘porpoising’ issue is gone”


James Vowels’ reality check to Mercedes fans: “It would be wrong to say the ‘porpoising’ issue is gone”

James Vowels and George Russell

Mercedes’ porpoising issues have been well well-documented and visibly evident in the initial races. We have heard both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell complain about the bouncing issues time and again. But, for the first time this season, we saw Mercedes get on top of their issues in Spain. It seemed like that the upgrades brought in worked perfectly well for the German manufacturers.

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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were equally impressive with the latter edging out to win the driver of the day in Spain. We saw a resilient and skillful George Russell defending for his life against Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez despite being behind the wheel of a worse car. It might have been the worse car but Mercedes definitely had sort of competitive edge, unlike earlier races.

But, this cannot take anything away from Lewis Hamilton’s mega drive. The seven time world champion tumbled down to the back of the grid after a collision with Kevin Magnussen. But, he didn’t let his shoulders down as he battled his way to P5 and was even in contention for the fastest lap of the race as he fired up that W-13 for the first time this season.

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James Vowels tempers the expectations of the Mercedes fan after an impressive Spanish GP

James Vowels
James Vowels

There were a lot of positives for Mercedes in Spain but James Vowels has tempered the expectation going into the Monaco GP. He said, “‘We have one race out of the six where the car has been well behaved.  It was a proper racing car, for the first time we could play with the setup and the car responded in a way that was predictable.

We have to temper our expectations. It was only at one track and a track that has suited our car for years.

“There is a lot for us to understand, so it would be wrong to say the porpoising issue is gone. What I can say is that we have taken a step in our understanding and deployment of what we put on track,” as reported by gpblog.

Mercedes impressed one and all after their recovery drive in Spain but James Vowels has made it clear that the Mercedes fans shouldn’t get carried away after just one race.

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