Martin Brundle: Mercedes needs to unlock “excellent” car, not wait for rule change to fix porpoising

Lewis Hamilton suffered severe back pain at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and George Russell believes that “broader conversations” should be held about porpoising and bouncing; Despite the problems, Mercedes scored points in Baku, Russell finished third and Hamilton fourth

Last updated: 22/06/13 23:37

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Martin Brundle is shocked that Mercedes is struggling to unlock the potential of the car and continues to have problems

Martin Brundle is shocked that Mercedes is struggling to unlock the potential of the car and continues to have problems

Martin Brundle says he is surprised that Mercedes can’t unlock the potential of its “excellent” car and sees little chance of rival groups voting to change the rules in their favor.

Since the new regulations were introduced at the start of the 2022 Formula One season, the new Mercedes W13 has been particularly problematic for porpoising and bouncing.

In Azerbaijan, Lewis Hamilton said the race was the “most painful” of his career and that only adrenaline helped him get to the checkered flag, and teammate George Russell believes there should be more dialogue to address the sport’s problems.

“The teams that fix it make it clear that this is a Mercedes problem and not a Formula 1 problem,” Brundle said. Sky Sports News.

“It simply came to our notice then.

Take a look at Hamilton's experience around the Baku City Circuit and the challenges he faces

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Take a look at Hamilton’s experience around the Baku City Circuit and the challenges he faces

Take a look at Hamilton’s experience around the Baku City Circuit and the challenges he faces

“Of course, [Mercedes] it can be fixed by lifting the car, but then they lose a large amount of performance.

“So they have to put the car low, rigid in suspension and even rigid in the side wall of the new tires, and they have had to sacrifice comfort for performance.

“The amazing thing is that Mercedes really can’t seem to get a handle on what looks like a great car if they can unlock it.”

Red Bull is the leader in the drivers ’and constructors’ championship and team leader Christian Horner has stated that he will not be ready to vote in favor of the change in regulations.

He argued: “If there was one thing that affected everyone, then yes, [the regulations should change] for safety reasons, but it can be seen that some cars are perfectly fine and others are fighting.

“That’s why I think the focus is on the team rather than changing the rules. It’s something they’re fighting for, it’s not something our drivers are complaining about.

“I think it would be unfair if there was a change because they failed in their goal.”

See the highlights of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the Baku City Circuit

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See the highlights of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the Baku City Circuit

See the highlights of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the Baku City Circuit

This weekend it was reported that the teams had voted against the porpoising reduction proposal before the start of the season, and Brund sees little chance of the team changing the rules now.

“In general, we had porpoising in the 80’s. When you have these land-based cars, it’s always been a problem. It’s still in sports car racing;

“Asking other groups to change the rules to support Mercedes is like asking a turkey to vote for Christmas.

“I’m not underestimating what George Russell and Lewis Hamilton are going through, because it seems particularly painful.

“And, at the crucial breaking points that Ferrari drivers find delicate, I don’t really know how to get into the corners.”

Take a look at Hamilton's experience around the Baku City Circuit and the challenges he faces

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Take a look at Hamilton’s experience around the Baku City Circuit and the challenges he faces

Take a look at Hamilton’s experience around the Baku City Circuit and the challenges he faces

After a fruitful training session and qualifying in Azerbaijan, Ferrari had a nightmare race day as Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc had to retire due to engine failures.

Leclerc, after five races at the helm of the championship, dropped to third place behind the Red Bull drivers and Brundle indicates that Ferrari’s reliability problems will deprive them of hope for their driver’s title.

“We are in the race for 22 races, the races are coming to us relentlessly. If you have a big problem, you go and fix it, but there are several Ferrari gremlins.

“Charles Leclerc has to be by his side. He could have had four glorious victories; he is putting the car in pole position, driving beautifully and then stuff like that. [engine failure] too much is happening to him.

Mattia Binotto talks about Ferrari’s difficult Bakun race and looking forward to the season

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Mattia Binotto talks about Ferrari’s difficult Bakun race and looking forward to the season

Mattia Binotto talks about Ferrari’s difficult Bakun race and looking forward to the season

“Reliability is costing him a lot now, the chance to be world champion. The strategy cost him the chance to achieve a great victory in his hometown of Monaco.

“He loves Ferrari and Ferrari loves it, in a way, the last time I saw something like that was between Michael Schumacher and the Ferrari team.

“There’s a tremendous amount of love to burn, but right now, Leclerc must feel as bruised as Lewis’s back.”

There is little time for team engineers to work or recover drivers, as the Formula 1 season continues this weekend with the Canadian Grand Prix.

The first training sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal will take place on Friday with full live coverage of the weekend Sky Sports F1. Canadian Grand Prix coverage will begin at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, with the lights off at 7:00 p.m.

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