The first day of testing in Bahrain it opened with many topics particularly discussed during the tests; above all, specifically, there was no lack of controversy over the configuration of the Mercedes W13, took to the track in Sakhir with a much more tapered design of the bellies than those seen in Montmeló, so much so that it immediately raised doubts and perplexities about their regularity. A climate that therefore appears already quite hot in the paddock, almost as if to create a temporal link with the disputes that emerged in the last round of the last world championship, when the decisions of the Race Direction pushed Mercedes itself to a harsh protest after the title lost by Lewis Hamilton.
In any case, three months after the events in Abu Dhabi, the first to have guaranteed to have closed with the past was the same team principal. Toto Wolff. The Austrian manager, interviewed by Sky Sport F1, in fact, confirmed that he had overcome the disappointment for the defeat of Lewis Hamilton, focusing exclusively on the objectives of the upcoming season. In addition to this, the 50-year-old expressed his impressions of the direct competitors of the Brackley house, praising Ferrari in particular: “Today everything is over – Wolff commented – there is a lot of talk about that race, but there have been exaggerated comments. Now we have moved on, let’s talk about 2022 and no more than last year. I’m calmer than last year; before there were so many negative emotions, while now they are more zen. We have seen the strong Ferrarithe level is high, but Red Bull and McLaren are also fast seeing the data of Barcelona. It will be interesting to see this fight “. In conclusion, Wolff made further considerations on George Russell: “We got him because we believe in him, he’s a little lion – he added – and it is absolutely free to go fast. This year we drive in a different way; it is not an easy car to understand, it is more aggressive and the approaches of our two drivers will be interesting. Lewis has known different cars and different concepts, but if we can combine the two styles we can get good results ”.
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