“The Sun Will Shine on Them Again”: Mercedes F1 Fans Rekindle Hope as W13 Challenger Shocks the Grid on Miami GP Track

Published 05/07/2022, 5:21 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia – April 7, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit ahead of practice REUTERS/Loren Elliott

George Russell P1 and Lewis Hamilton P4, a result Mercedes will relish. But we’re still in FP2 at the moment. However, these are promising signs for the team from Brackley. The FP2 results were an improvement from FP1. And Mercedes will ideally like to build on that in FP3 before the race.

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With almost no porpoising and incredible speed, George and Hamilton could push the car. These are incredible results compared to a poor Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that was just a fortnight ago. The Mercedes is finally getting around the issues with the W13 challenger. And this should show in the race as well, with better results compared to the first four races.

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The Mercedes faithful are in high spirits as well, with the Silver Arrows surprising us all. For Lewis and George, these results with a better-performing car will surely be a confidence booster.

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With a better understanding of the track and the car by the end of FP3, Mercedes will have a better understanding of the changes they’ve made as well. And these changes are important for the team. Because if they work at Miami Grand Prix, they will work for the races to come as well.

Positive Twitter reactions for Mercedes post FP2

The Brackley-based team did something right in the garage after the race at Imola. And the results show. This has gotten F1 Twitter in a frenzy and people are believing again in Mercedes’s quality. Let’s look at some Twitter reactions after the FP2 results.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team is excited as well, going by their tweet.

It’s an incredible jump after the disastrous race at Imola. But a lot can go wrong from practice sessions to the race. Although, the Mercedes fandom can’t keep calm, especially on Twitter.

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The control over the porpoising issue is required for the Mercedes due to showcase the speed of the W13. And the FP2 is a glimpse of the same. With almost no porpoising, the Mercedes might challenge for podiums.

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If Mercedes can unlock the full potential of the W13, and get it competitive enough, Lewis and George possess enough quality to challenge every driver on the grid. With the promising results from FP2, this can soon become the reality.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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