Tempo at Mercedes has shifted: “World title is still possible”

The atmosphere at the Mercedes headquarters is absolutely buzzing after the Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell
Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell

After having George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finish third and fifth respectively in the Spanish Grand Prix, the atmosphere at Mercedes has totally transformed. The team is particularly pleased with Lewis Hamilton’s tempo, and Toto Wolff has even mentioned a potential world title.

Mercedes is the team that has tumbled the most this season. After eight consecutive world constructors’ titles, it was forced to sit out the initial races in 2022 as Ferrari and Red Bull Racing distributed the triumphs. Mercedes battled from the front once more in Spain, with George Russell momentarily leading the race and Hamilton having the speed to win.

”This was the first step. Now we have to learn how to get more out of this package”, said Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott after the completion of the race. ”The car reminded me for the first time of our championship cars in recent years. When you can drive from the back to the front like Lewis, that’s enough reason to believe that we will soon win races again and maybe be able to fight for the two world titles,” added Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

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Mercedes have high hopes again

George Russell and Lewis Hamilton
George Russell and Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes’ upgrades for the Spanish Grand Prix are slowly gaining on, which is placing the German racing team in a good frame of mind. Hamilton’s pace, in particular, makes encouraging noises. Mercedes engineers have claimed that if he hadn’t lost the first lap combat with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, the Briton would have been capable of fighting for win with his pace.

However, the team is aware that they are not yet there. All through the race, Hamilton was trying to gain ground to reigning F1 world champion Max Verstappen and Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez.

But he also knows that Verstappen had a DRS issue and that the Dutchman had a trip that put him behind Mercedes’ George Russell and cost him a lot of extra time. Furthermore, the pace shown by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who started at pole position at the start of the race may have been too strong for Mercedes.

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