Crimson Bull’s Helmut Marko doesn’t consider the Mercedes period is over but, backing them to battle again if they’ll management their ‘porpoising’.
Mercedes are on a run of eight Constructors’ Championships in succession, though that streak seems very a lot underneath risk in 2022.
Whereas their rivals from final season, Crimson Bull, have continued to contend on the high into this new regulatory period, Mercedes’ place has been taken by Ferrari.
Within the opening two rounds, whereas Ferrari and Crimson Bull battled away for pole place and the win, Mercedes had been left considerably in no man’s land, away from the midfield in race trim however comfortably trailing Crimson Bull and Ferrari in qualifying and race mode.
Mercedes appear to be struggling particularly to regulate the bouncing of their W13, also referred to as ‘porpoising’, whereas the Mercedes buyer groups Aston Martin, Williams and McLaren have usually discovered themselves battling within the decrease reaches of the grid, suggesting the brand new Mercedes energy unit is missing some grunt.
Marko, although, believes a lot of Mercedes’ struggles could be attributed to ‘porpoising’, so he isn’t ruling them out but.
If Mercedes can provide you with an answer, he thinks they are going to be proper up there battling with Crimson Bull and Ferrari.
Talking in an interview with Formel1.de’s YouTube channel, when requested if this was the top of the Mercedes period like Crimson Bull endured after 2013, Marko mentioned: “You must distinguish between the 2 circumstances.
“The post-2013 period coincided with the brand new engine guidelines and Mercedes had unbelievable dominance at that stage. They had been as much as two seconds forward of everybody, however logically they didn’t present it.
“Now, with the change of chassis and engine, the variations are usually not so large. Mercedes can now not click on and instantly it’s a celebration for them.
“However the crew are very nicely positioned and still have some actually essential individuals within the chassis space.
“I’m fully satisfied they may come again in the event that they management the ‘porpoising’. And Lewis Hamilton is 9 factors behind [Max] Verstappen, in order that’s nothing both.
“I don’t assume it’s the top [of an era], however perhaps we’ll have a battle on the identical degree.”
With reference to Mercedes’ engine struggles, the one logical clarification Marko can consider is that this was brought on by the change of gas powering the engines.
From 2022, the brand new energy models had been required to make use of 10% ethanol within the gas combination.
“I don’t know precisely why Mercedes have been left behind – certainly it should have one thing to do with the rise in artificial gas, which went from 5 to 10%,” mentioned Marko.
“Logic factors to a proof being associated to gas. And, after all, while you lose so many essential individuals…first Andy Cowell (former Mercedes HPP managing director) is gone, then one other 50 individuals or so, so the influence is logical.”
Marko responded “one thing like that, sure” when requested if these 50 at the moment are at Crimson Bull, which he felt created “some difficulties” at Mercedes.