Mercedes is going to try its best to snatch P2 from Ferrari in the constructors championship with just 7 races to go.
Mercedes has failed to produce a competitive car this season. The team has hugely suffered from the new regulations-induced phenomenon of porpoising.
Nevertheless, the team has recently shown a great performance boost. At the Dutch Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton came close to a potential victory. The Briton however, lost the potential win and even the podium places thanks to a late safety car.
Nevertheless, Dutch GP showcased the upper hand Mercedes has over its rival Ferrari and Red Bull.
Even on a track like Zandvoort which goes hard on tyres, W13 showcased excellent tyre management as both the drivers went on a 36-lap opening stint on Mediums.
Dutch racing driver, Tom Coronel clearly noticed this huge tyre conservation advantage Mercedes holds:
“Their weapon is the tyre wear, Mercedes has that seriously well under control,”
Coronel said in a podcast.
“You saw that during the Grand Prix of the Netherlands when Lewis Hamilton and George Russell drove on the white, hard tyres.
“And Zandvoort is normally really a tyre-eating circuit in that regard! That’s the only reason!”
Not only Zandvoort, but the Mercedes’ W13 has also shown superior tyre management on multiple occasions. Hamilton played a long opening stint at the French and Hungarian Grand Prix, helping the Briton secure P2.
W13 is clearly slower than its rivals Ferrari and Red Bull. But its reliability and tyre management are the key factors for its performance this season.
Mercedes would likely try to make the best out of this advantage for its fight for P2 on constructors in the remaining 7 races. Moreover, George Russell is also on a push to get a P2 in drivers’ standings.
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