“We’ll Call it Off”: Brundle Explains Mercedes’ Dilemma Ahead of British GP

Published 07/09/2021, 10:13 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton signed a two-year contract with Mercedes. He will continue to race with the German team till the end of the 2023 season. He is currently in the middle of a title battle with Red Bull’s ax Verstappen.

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The British driver is trailing the young Dutchman by 32 points and has not won a race since Spain earlier in the season. So, the question for Mercedes now arises- should they continue working on the 2021 car or abandon title hopes and go for developing 2022 car?

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Sky Sports Pundit Martin Brundle believes that Mercedes should continue working on the 2021 car and not give up on their title chances this season against Red Bull.

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I think it’s critical for Lewis Hamilton to win at Silverstone: Martin Brundle

As reported by Sky Sports, Toto Wolff has said that Mercedes would only bring minor upgrades for the rest of the season. Brundle also believes that Mercedes should not completely stop working on this year’s car.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wearing a protective face mask after qualifying in third place REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

I think it’s critical now were already 9 races into the season. Max could have easily won 5 races in a row but has won 4 of the 5 because he obviously had a puncture at Baku,” said Brundle on the importance of Silverstone for Hamilton this season.

” I think Lewis would struggle if he looks at the rest of the season thinking I don’t have the speed in the car to match Red Bull. I’m sure they will be trying to finesse the car just like Red Bull have done to their car,” said Brundle.

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Mercedes needs to make decisions for its 2022 cars

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Martin Brundle believes that Mercedes have to make a decision whether to keep working on their 2021 car or think big term by developing their 2022 car and dominating the sport again.

With the cost caps now and with the resource the teams have and the dramatically new 2022 car, they need to keep working on that. Because that car would be in play for a number of years.

I think Mercedes would have to go right; we make few tweaks to this one and we’ll call it off. And what happens on strategies and luck on whatever.” concluded Brundle.

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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