GP Miami Analysis: Question marks in Mercedes / System 1

GP Miami Analysis: Question marks in Mercedes / System 1

The excitement of George Russell’s excellent Miami Friday episode was hampered by the deterioration in performance that followed. Mercedes is trying to understand why the opener went better than the rest of the weekend.

Ahead of the Miami race weekend, Mercedes Motorsport Director Toto Wolff said that every round of the World Championships is currently a test for the star brand. The start was promising, George Russell turned the second fastest pace into the first practice session and finished Friday as the fastest.

The next day, however, came as a shock, the 24-year-old was stuck in Q2, with teammate Lewis Hamilton with a speed of 0.376 seconds in his fast-circuit Q2 and a top 10 qualifier in seventh. There he ranked sixth on the grid.

In that race, however, Russell surpassed the world champion seven times – thanks to the precise strategy and late phase of the safety car that Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly set up for their collision. The young star driver finished fifth, Hamilton crossed the finish line behind his consistent partner.

The decline in performance raises questions for which the answers have yet to be found, as Mike Elliot points out in his GP analysis. The Silver Arrows Technical Director says: “Looking at Friday, it was probably the most competitive day we’ve been through this season.”

“We made changes between Friday and Saturday and they were small. But there have also been changes in the situation and now we need to go through all the data, take as much insight as we can and use it to move forward in the next race.”

Miami GP Results (May 8, 2022)

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Race, 1: 34: 24.258h
02. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +3,786s
03. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +8.229
04. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Tournament, +10.638
05. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +18.582
06. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +21.368
07. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +25.073
08. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +28.386
09 Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, +32,128
10. Alexander Albon (T), Williams, +32.365
11. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +37.026
12. Yuki Tsotaka (J), AlphaTauri, +40.146
13. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, +40.902
14.Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +49.936
15. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +1: 13.305 minutes
16. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 lap
Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, crash
Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, crash
Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, crash
Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, engine

Position of world championship after 5th out of 23 races

01. Leclerc 104 points
02. Verstappen 85
03. Perez 66
04. Russell 59
05. Sainz 53
06. Hamilton 36
07. Norris 35
08. 30th Botta
09.Okoni 24
10. Magnussen 15
11. Ricciardo 11
12. Tsoda 10
13. Gas 6
14. Hag 4
15. Arbon 3
16. Alonso 2
17.zhou 1
18. Walk 1
19. Schumacher 0
20. Hulkenberg 0
21. Latifi 0

Designers of World Cup booths

01 Ferrari 157 points
02.Red Bull Racing 151
03.Mercedes 95
04. McLaren 46
05. Alfa Romeo 31
06 Alpine 26
07. AlphaTauri 16
08.Haas 15
09. Aston Martin 6
10. Williams 3

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