F1 Fans Cautiously Celebrate George Russell & Lewis Hamilton as Spanish GP Upgrades Hint at Mercedes Resurgence

Published 05/20/2022, 2:36 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 20, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Albert Gea

Mercedes is having a poor season, scoring only two lucky podiums so far. The Silver Arrows drivers have been struggling in the last five races. But the Brackley-based team shocked everyone at the Friday practice session with their excellent performance.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Silver Arrows brought significant upgrades for the Spanish GP. Those upgrades were fruitful for the reigning constructors’ champions, as George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finished P2 and P3 in the FP2. Also, the FP1 wasn’t bad for the Mercedes, with Russell and Hamilton finishing P4 and P6.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

However, it will be too early to celebrate and claim they have returned to their competitive form. Even at the Miami GP practice session, they showcased excellent performance but failed at the main race.

Fans React to Mercedes’s Friday Practice Performance

The Mercedes shocked the fans with their excellent performance at the FP1 and FP2 at the Spanish GP. So, fans didn’t waste a second showcasing their reaction to the performance.

Many fans expect it to be Mercedes’ resurgence, but many are still skeptical about their return. Even the Silver Arrows claimed themselves that it’s still a Practice Session.

Mercedes brought new upgrades for the Spanish GP

The Mercedes duo has been complaining about the troublesome W13. The 2022 Mercedes challenger was built following the new rules and regulations. Following the new rules, Silver Arrows even came up with an unusual design for their cars. However, the cars didn’t perform as they wanted them to.

The Mercedes W13 struggled with significant porpoising. So the Brackley-based team had to work on a solution as the porpoising was forcing them to increase the ride height, and lose a lot of the car’s pace.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

So, the German constructor came up with a significant upgrade for the Spanish GP. Mercedes mainly focused on improving the flow conditioning of the W13. The significant upgrades included adding a slot to the outer edge of the floor, a new lower deflector endplate, a new bib vane to the keel, and gentle curves in the front wing endplate.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

WATCH THIS STORY: Charles Leclerc Extends 6-Year Monaco GP Curse by Wrecking Iconic Lauda Ferrari Chassis

These upgrades did improve the airflow of the car, but it is still early to conclude that the team is back to their winning form. Let’s see if they can qualify Top 10 for the main race. Also, it would be fascinating to see if both Mercedes drivers can end up on the podium in Spain like last season.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Ripan Majumdar

525 articles

Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT