F1 | Australian Grand Prix: Mercedes between podium and bad luck

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - F1 Australian GP 2023 podium
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The chaotic Australian Grand Prix handed Lewis Hamilton the team’s first podium of the season Mercedes: unexpected second place. Unlucky George Russell, punishing strategy and retiring after power unit failure.

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Two-sided competition for silver stocks that can nonetheless extract positive thoughts given the season continues. Both drivers had good racing pace which made them go head-to-head with Ferrari and Aston Martin. As reported by Toto Wolff and Andrew Shovlin, the track’s technical director, this is more due to car setup than developments. ideal Tire management And only pushing as Alonso got close allowed the seven-time world champion to retain his second place. It is no coincidence that Hamilton was slower than Sainz and Alonso, recording an average of 1:22.008.

These are his words after the Grand Prix:Getting on the podium today is great. I certainly wasn’t expecting to be second this weekend, so I’m very grateful. Given the underperformance, battling Aston Martins is exceptional for us at this point in the season. We just have to keep fighting.

At home Mercedes We realize there is a lot of work to be done, but bridging the gap will not be as impossible as previously thought in Bahrain. Data analysis and continuous knowledge of the vehicle will help deliver upgrade packages and will be key to challenging the leaders more often. It will also be a car to get rid of, but they are the team (with Red Bull) that brings more quality improvements over the course of the season, which raises the expectations.

…luck fails

Sometimes it feels like bad luck is after you. The only remedy, in these cases, is to sit back and wait for it to pass, in the belief that the bad luck will forget you sooner or later.

Perhaps this is what George Russell felt in the two key moments of his short race. the pit stop is expected, considering that the safety car system would have been an advantage, had it not been for the red flag, which made his pit stop to no avail. Finally, the first alarm bell for Mercedes: power unit failure Whoever finished his race on lap 17 obviously needs to be the center of attention to understand if it was just a coincidence or could happen again. Also concern for customer teams?

Russell stated:I felt comfortable and strong in the car all three days. I don’t understand why we didn’t fight for the win today, so it’s a disappointment. As soon as I got past Turn 10, at high speed, I could feel something going too far. After three corners, I got pulled over.Thus George Russell comments on his short race and adds: “We still have a lot of work to do to catch up with Red Bull, but we can take some positives from this weekend. Every time we got to the paddock, we couldn’t do more. We’ve improved on everything and I’m proud of the work done.”.

When it’s not your day, it’s not your day.

A long break awaits teams leaving Australia informed of their progress, mindful of the result being more attributable to the Flyers’ management. Now Mercedes will have to analyze and provide expected updates starting with the next Grand Prix, which will be held in Baku. It will also have to eliminate the reliability problem that it suffered from. And for a team that has built such a reliable engine their trademark is sure to be hard to break.

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