After nine successive constructors’ titles, Mercedes was clearly the team with the most to lose from the top-flight regulation change for 2022 and, from the start, it was clear that their reign was over, at least for now.
In the early stages of the campaign, the German team proved to be several steps behind the big favourites, Red Bull and Ferrari, in fact, at times, they even struggled to stand out among the teams in the middle zone.
However, with the passing of the races and the learning of a W13 that was undoubtedly the most radical single-seater on the grid after the regulatory change, the Brackley men were taking steps forward until they fought face to face with the two favorite teams in punctual moments.
Now, in the final stretch of the course, Mercedes has shown to have a car that has a high level of performance, yes, in very specific circumstances and depending on the track, something that perfectly explains the rarity that causes silver bullets they can go from fighting for pole to finishing more than a second off the fastest car from one week to the next.
The next stop of the Grand Circus will be Singapore, a very twisty track where the Germans hope to have similar performance to Red Bull and Ferrari after seeing their pace at other similar circuits.
“If you look at the experiences we’ve had this season, we expect our performance in Singapore to be a bit like Budapest and Zandvoort,” said Mike Elliot , the Brackley-based team’s technical director.
“It’s a circuit that will be a challenge for these cars, but given the nature of its corners, we think it will suit our car a bit better, so hopefully we can get a good result,” he added.
“As always, we will do all the simulation work that is necessary, we want to learn as much as possible and we trust that this will pay off,” concluded the technical director.
At the moment, Mercedes is in third position in the constructors’ championship, just 35 points behind Ferrari after cutting a distance that seemed unattainable halfway through the course, especially after the impressive start of those from Maranello. With six races still to go and comparing the dynamics of the Germans and the Italians, nothing is ruled out.
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