Mercedes seems to be out of the World Championship battle given their performance in the season as of now, unless they come up with a miraculous comeback because the title challenge seems to be revolving around Ferrari and Red Bull this season.
Mercedes is 62 points behind leaders Ferrari, and the W13 persists to perplex the consecutive eight-time Constructors’ champions as to how to maximise its potency, which they firmly believe is plentiful. Newly recruited Mercedes driver George Russell seems to be faring better than teammate 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton this season with 23 points separating the duo in the Drivers’ Championship.
Hamilton has particularly been unlucky this season with respect to strategy and the timing of Safety Car periods. Hamilton articulated annoyance in the Miami Grand Prix when asked to notify on whether a pit stop for new tyres was necessary, saying thereafter in an interview and trying to address the team: “That’s what your job is, make the decision for me – you’ve got all the details, I don’t.”
“There’s a good car in there somewhere, it’s just so well hidden” : Martin Brundle on the W13
Those comments followed what Hamilton said over the team radio when questioned about strategy, and Martin Brundle believes they encapsulate the 37-year-current old’s ethos in the face of an excruciatingly dispositional car in the form of the W13.
“Mercedes were again the third best team but in many ways I think it was their most concerning weekend given George Russell was fastest on Friday and struggled for pace thereafter and the team simply didn’t know why,” commented Brundle. He then went on to describe the W13 car as a good one with potential that just seems to be well hidden.
Brundle then continued to give Russell his due credit by saying that Russell did get lucky with the Safety Car situation but he still managed the hard compound tyres efficiently from the beginning of the race, kept his head up in times when he seemed to be going backwards and taking the decision on his own to wait for a Safety Car situation. “You make your own luck sometimes,” added Brundle.