Mercedes closed the Bahrain tests at the foot of the podium and, although it has some problems with the e porpoising, the Brackley team has shown a very interesting potential in terms of pace and race. More with Lewis Hamilton than with George Russell, who, however, has less experience and must learn to manage a top machine for the first time. It was the # 63 who took fourth position (third until the last minutes, when Fernando Alonso’s paw arrived), but this result does not thrill Russell that much.
The former Williams, who in recent days had exalted Ferrari even calling it the best car, believes that the W13 still has to take several steps forward to be at the level of Red Bull and Ferrari: “Porpoising is certainly a problem, it doesn’t make us run with maximum comfort. However, I don’t really care about comfort if there is performance. The problem is that the performance is not there now, we seem a step behind our rivals and we have a lot of work to do between now and next week to figure it out: in all conditions, Red Bull and Ferrari seem to be ahead of us“, These are the words of Mr. Saturday immediately after the tests. “None of these cars are great, but we are probably not as competitive as we would like. It is quite clear where we are limited, just look at the videos and it shows that we suffer a lot from porpoising. The team is working hard to try to find solutions to this problem, maybe we will do it before next week or later in the season. This is a marathon, the potential is there: we just have to exploit it“.
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