Hakkinen finding Mercedes’ current woes ‘hard to believe’

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After an Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend wherein Mercedes as soon as once more failed to hassle the entrance of the sector, Mika Hakkinen says he finds it obscure the Silver Arrows' struggles.

					Hakkinen finding Mercedes' current woes 'hard to believe'


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Former F1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen says he finds Mercedes’ present struggles exhausting to consider, after the Brackley-based squad endured an underwhelming Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Having scooped each Constructors’ Championship title from 2014 to 2021, Mercedes seem to have been caught out by F1’s new aero rules for 2022.

The W13 noticeably struggles with porpoising, and seems significantly off the tempo of the main Crimson Bulls and Ferraris.

Whereas George Russell took benefit of others’ misfortune to make up a number of locations on the opening lap and end the Imola race in fourth, teammate Lewis Hamilton had a torrid time, crossing the road thirteenth.

Hakkinen displays on "advanced issues" at Mercedes

The seven-time World Champion additionally suffered the indignity of being
lapped by race winner and erstwhile title rival Max Verstappen, and
Hakkinen famous that the Silver Arrows have severe points to resolve
earlier than they are often aggressive once more.

“Mercedes clearly have fairly advanced issues with their automotive,” Hakkinen advised Unibet.

“It appears wonderful to say it, however the World Championships are already searching of attain.

“For the primary time in 10 years, neither Mercedes made it by to Q3 qualifying [at Imola], which is difficult to consider.

“Clearly, the automotive design is just not working in a number of areas.”

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Mercedes are at the moment third within the Constructors’ standings with 77 factors, 47 behind leaders Ferrari.

With fourth-placed McLaren quickly bettering after a sluggish begin, Hakkinen believes time is towards Mercedes if they’re to make an impression on this yr’s title race.

“To see Lewis Hamilton being lapped by Max Verstappen after 41 laps exhibits what a tough time he and the workforce are having,” mentioned Hakkinen, who received World Championships in 1998 and 1999 in a McLaren powered by Mercedes engines.

“They perceive the important thing issues, however time is working out to search out options.

“That is the issue in F1 – the World Championship doesn’t anticipate you, the races preserve coming and there may be so little time to type main issues out.”

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RacingNews365.com F1 journalists Dieter Rencken, Mike Seymour and Thomas Maher look again over the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the place Crimson Bull triumphed, Ferrari hit bother and Mercedes struggled.

					Hakkinen finding Mercedes' current woes 'hard to believe'

					Hakkinen finding Mercedes' current woes 'hard to believe'


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