So far, in the 2022 season, Mercedes got off to a shaky start. The team’s W13 lost pace in the first two races and looks to be the third fastest car on the grid after that Ferraris and the Red bulls.
Ralph Schumacher, the ex-F1 driver offered his thoughts in his column for Germany’s Sky Sports after seeing Mercedes’ form in the first two races of the current season. He believes Mercedes have little to no chance in the championship and will not intervene in the title race.
Ralf, in his column, speaks of the saudi Arabia GP, wrote, “In the race, the speed wasn’t that bad, but still just under a second behind Red Bull and Ferrari. Personally, I see little hope that Mercedes will intervene in the championship fight. I think they have a tough time ahead as a team.”
Ralf Schumacher’s view of the situation and the Mercedes engine
Mercedes dominated the entire hybrid era, ie 2014-2021, winning all the constructors’ championships thanks to the large workforce and the best powerplant of the era. This also played a big part in their drivers winning 7 of the 8 WDC titles over the same period. However, with the start of the new era, the team has been struggling since the second round of pre-season testing.
Ralf said in his column while continuing to talk about Mercedes: “Mercedes has always been able to use its engine in the past and call on even more power than the others. This is no longer the case this year. Perhaps the fuel could also be improved, which is always due to the engine’s resistance to knocking. And then there’s the car. This is not efficient enough in terms of drag and downforce. Mercedes used to be able to compensate for that with its powerful engine, but not this year.”
He also praised Lewis Hamilton and George Russell for their respective performances and also expressed his enthusiasm for the latter, who may not appreciate that the team sees him as a second driver. Mercedes still have a long way to go this season but should make sure they don’t end up further behind the Ferraris and the Red Bulls.
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