Martin Brundle: Mercedes must unlock ‘excellent’ car, not wait for rule change to solve porpoise

Lewis Hamilton suffered from intense back pain during the Azerbaijan GP, ​​while George Russell believes “wider conversations” about porpoises and rebounding need to be had; Despite the problems, Mercedes picked up points in Baku, with Russell finishing third and Hamilton fourth.

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Martin Brundle is surprised that Mercedes is struggling to unlock its car’s potential and continues to struggle.

Martin Brundle is surprised that Mercedes is struggling to unlock its car’s potential and continues to struggle.

Martin Brundle says he is surprised Mercedes cannot unleash the potential of its “excellent” car and sees little chance of rival teams voting to change the regulations in their favour.

Since the introduction of new regulations at the start of the 2022 Formula 1 season, Mercedes’ new W13 has been particularly affected by bounce-back and porpoise issues.

In Azerbaijan, Lewis Hamilton said the race was the “painful” of his career and only adrenaline got him to the checkered flag, while team-mate George Russell believes broader talks need to be had to address issues across the sport.

“The teams that fixed it are clearly saying it’s a Mercedes issue and not a Formula 1 issue,” Brundle said. Sports news from heaven.

“There’s no doubt about it, he looks particularly uncomfortable.

Take a look at Hamilton's driving experience at the Baku City Circuit and the problems he's experiencing

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Take a look at Hamilton’s driving experience at the Baku City Circuit and the problems he’s experiencing

Take a look at Hamilton’s driving experience at the Baku City Circuit and the problems he’s experiencing

“Of course, [Mercedes] It can be fixed by jacking up the car but then they lose a huge amount of performance.

“So they need the car to be low, stiff in the suspension and stiff in the sidewall of the new tires as well, and they’ve had to sacrifice comfort for performance.”

“What’s surprising, really, is that Mercedes can’t seem to drive what appears to be, actually, an excellent car, if they could just unlock it.”

Red Bull leads the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships and team principal Christian Horner has indicated he would not be willing to vote on a rule change.

He argued: “If it was something that was affecting everyone, then yes, [the regulations should change] for safety reasons, but you can see that some cars are absolutely fine and others are struggling.

“So I think the emphasis is on the team figuring it out rather than changing the regulations. It’s something they’re struggling with, it’s not something our drivers are complaining about.”

“I think it would be unfair if there was a change just because they missed the mark.”

Watch the highlights of the Azerbaijan GP from the Baku City Circuit

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Watch the highlights of the Azerbaijan GP from the Baku City Circuit

Watch the highlights of the Azerbaijan GP from the Baku City Circuit

It was reported this weekend that teams had voted against a proposal to reduce porpoise before the start of the season, and Brundle sees little chance of teams changing the rules now.

“In general, we had porpoises in the ’80s. When you have these ground effect cars, it’s always been a problem. It’s still in sports car racing; I was at Les Mans and in the prototypes there they have ground effect and porpoise problems. “. in terms of bounce it needs handling.

“Asking the other teams to change the regulations to help Mercedes is a bit like asking a turkey to vote for Christmas.

“I’m not underestimating what George Russell and Lewis Hamilton are going through, because it seems particularly painful.

“And, the Ferrari drivers right at the crucial breaking points that seem just tricky to me, frankly I don’t know how they get into the corners.

Take a look at Hamilton's driving experience at the Baku City Circuit and the problems he's experiencing

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Take a look at Hamilton’s driving experience at the Baku City Circuit and the problems he’s experiencing

Take a look at Hamilton’s driving experience at the Baku City Circuit and the problems he’s experiencing

After productive practice and qualifying sessions in Azerbaijan, Ferrari had a nightmarish race day with Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc having to retire due to engine failure.

Leclerc, who led the championship after five races, has now slipped to third in the standings behind the Red Bull and Brundle drivers, signaling that Ferrari’s array of reliability issues will derail drivers’ title hopes.

“We are in the middle of a 22-race season, the races are coming our way relentlessly. If you have a big problem, you go and fix it, but there are several gremlins that Ferrari are having.

“Charles Leclerc must be beside himself. He could have had four glorious wins, he’s putting the car on pole position, driving beautifully and then this kind of thing.” [engine failure] too much is happening to him.

Mattia Binotto talks about Ferrari's challenging race day in Baku and looks ahead to the rest of the season

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Mattia Binotto talks about Ferrari’s challenging race day in Baku and looks ahead to the rest of the season

Mattia Binotto talks about Ferrari’s challenging race day in Baku and looks ahead to the rest of the season

“The reliability is costing him a lot now, the opportunity to become world champion. The strategy cost him in Monaco the chance of a glorious victory in his hometown.”

“He loves Ferrari and Ferrari loves him, in a way that the last time I saw something like that was between Michael Schumacher and the Ferrari team.

“There’s a lot of love to burn there, but at the moment, Leclerc must feel as bruised as Lewis’s back.”

There is little time for the teams’ engineers to work or for the drivers to recover as the Formula 1 season continues this weekend with the Canadian GP.

The first practice for the Canadian GP in Montreal takes place on Friday with full coverage of the weekend, live on sky sports f1. Coverage of the Canadian GP starts at 5:30pm BST on Sunday night and lights out at 7:00pm

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