Except Mercedes get a deal with on their porpoising issues quickly, Nico Rosberg says their challenge might bleed into subsequent yr’s championship.
2022 will not be shaping as much as be the season Mercedes needed.
As a substitute of preventing for race wins and the World title, the Brackley squad is battling simply to make it into Q3 whereas podiums have been onerous to come back by.
4 races into the season it’s clear that George Russell appears to have the ability to deal with the “viper” that’s the W13 simpler than Hamilton, the Briton failing to attain a single level on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Scraping into Q2 by 0.004s, that set the tone for Hamilton’s weekend with the seven-time World Champion unable to attract any tempo out of his automotive.
It result in a tense trade between Hamilton and Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff on Friday night, the Austrian saying it was nothing greater than each events venting to 1 one other about their troubles.
A lot in order that after Sunday’s race, Wolff was instantly on the radio to apologise for giving Hamilton an undrivable automotive.
Rosberg reckons they should kind this out fast, or danger it bleeding into 2023.
“Toto teased Lewis a bit within the storage as a result of Lewis did one thing that didn’t swimsuit him,” he informed Sky Germany.
“And Toto is the one one on the group who can actually give Lewis his opinion, go in actually onerous and say ‘it doesn’t work.’ We noticed the primary indicators there.
“It’s very troublesome to stay optimistic as a result of they now see that the World Championship – they are saying so themselves – might be over.
“And there may be even a danger that subsequent yr may even be troublesome as a result of the event of subsequent yr’s automotive is already beginning.”
He added: “In the event that they’re on the flawed monitor, then subsequent yr shall be gone too, so the danger is rising immensely proper now, and so they’re beneath a lot strain to search out the best way shortly and discover out what the issue is.”
Rosberg additionally feels if Mercedes don’t resolve their troubles quickly, Components 1 will witness extra tense exchanges similar to Friday’s.
“I’m positive they’ve an extremely robust relationship, and a whole lot of respect for one another,” he mentioned. “Nonetheless, there’ll all the time be extra heated moments.
“Lewis is complaining a bit extra in regards to the group, the engineers. The strain is rising internally. However Toto is a really, very robust chief. He’ll maintain it beneath management.”
Mercedes are third within the Constructors’ Championship with Hamilton solely P7 within the Drivers’ standings. Russell is fourth.