Formula 1 live ticker: Mercedes comeback or just flash in the pan?

Formula 1 live ticker: Mercedes comeback or just flash in the pan?
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8:43 a.m

Wolff: Have halved the deficit

Incidentally, even at Mercedes itself, they know that they have not yet solved all the problems. “We saw another big step this weekend. We’ve probably halved the gap to the leaders,” said Toto Wolff.

However, the team boss emphasizes that there is still a lot of work ahead of the team “to be ahead in the middle of the fight.” But it is positive that the car is now understood “step by step”.

You know better and better “what we have to do to bring the performance back to the car,” says Wolff. But one thing is clear to him: Even after Barcelona, ​​Mercedes is still behind the leaders.

10:15 am

Are the new cars too vulnerable?

Three failures each in six races of the season for Red Bull and Ferrari. Yesterday Leclerc got a problem with the engine. And the race with a DRS problem did not go smoothly for Verstappen either.

Are the new cars of the 2022 generation too vulnerable? “It really shouldn’t have anything to do with the car,” muses Verstappen, explaining: “The engines and all that is pretty much the same [wie im vergangenen Jahr].”

“It’s a bit strange,” wonders the world champion, explaining: “We’ve already retired twice, while we’ve always been very good in terms of reliability before.” In Bahrain it was even a double failure for Red Bull.

The bottom line is that there are no “big problems” but rather small things. “Of course I don’t know how Ferrari is doing. […] But I don’t think it’s with that [neuen] car is related,” says Verstappen.

09:57 am

Formula 1 wants to group races by region

In this, Formula 1 flew from Imola to Miami and back to Barcelona in Europe, among other things. The sequence Baku-Canada-Silverstone appears to be similarly “sensible”. All not particularly sustainable.

But that should change in the future! Formula 1 plans to group more races by region from 2023 to improve its sustainability. It would also be cheaper for the teams.

Every information is here!

9:40 a.m

Albon: Underbody damage

Of course we want to resolve that as well. Yesterday, Albon already suspected that his car was damaged because his tires had deteriorated to an unusual extent. So he finished last, a long way behind.

Now he reveals that his Williams suffered damage to the underbody early in the race. That explains its poor performance. However, we do not know where the damage came from.

9:22 a.m

Horner has Mercedes on the bill

We’re back to our big topic this morning. Christian Horner says about Mercedes: “They certainly made a step forward, but we still beat them by many seconds.”

“Both of our cars were able to overtake the leading Mercedes,” he also recalls. “I’ve been saying all season that it’s only a matter of time before they go to… [WM-]fight,” emphasizes Horner.

And in Barcelona, ​​Mercedes made “a big step” forward. But nothing more (yet).

09:05 am

Our Monday column…

… has also been available in video form for some time now! Here Christian Nimmervoll explains his choice:

Lewis Hamilton: The end is nearer than the beginning

The turning point has begun: Christian Nimmervoll explains his column “Who slept the worst last night” about Lewis Hamilton. More Formula 1 videos

8:58 a.m

Reason for failure at Zhou

Of course we want to submit that as soon as possible. Alfa Romeo is “not yet exactly sure” what caused the problem, but: “We know that it had something to do with the cooling system,” says Xevi Pujolar.

“We had to park the car to avoid damage to the power unit,” he explains. So it stays the same: The Alfa Romeo is quite fast this year. But the reliability could – to put it mildly – be a bit better…

8:25 a.m

Slept well?

Of course, our popular columns will be available again this Monday. Christian Nimmervoll and Norman Fischer (in the absence of Stefan Ehlen) each let one person sleep particularly well and one particularly badly today:

Who slept the worst last night: Lewis Hamilton

Who slept best last night: Max Verstappen

I would also like to recommend our big analysis video for the Barcelona GP again. The following topics were on the agenda for Christian Nimmervoll and Kevin Scheuren yesterday:

Leclerc failure: Why Ferrari is still optimistic
– Stable order at Red Bull: Is Perez wrong to rumble?
– Mercedes: According to Wolff, for the first time with a winning pace
– Compact midfield: Bottas, Norris, Alonso
– Vettel: Pace like in Formula 2 qualifying
– Mick Schumacher: In reverse out of the points
– Questions from channel members from live chat

Engine damage, stable orders, DRS: The analysis

We analyze why Verstappen was partly to blame for his DRS problems and how wrong the house blessing at Red Bull is because of the stable order. More Formula 1 videos

8:13 a.m

Mercedes comeback or just flash in the pan?

This question arises after Barcelona, ​​where Mercedes showed their strongest performance of the season and Russell was even able to collect a few kilometers in the lead. But have we really seen the “rebirth” of the Silver Arrows?

“First of all, I would like to congratulate them because they have recovered and improved the speed of their car,” says Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto on ‘Sky’. However, he also classifies the Barcelona result somewhat.

“They were missing seven tenths on the qualifying lap,” he recalls – and that over a “short distance”, according to Binotto. “[Im Rennen] they were 30 seconds or more behind Red Bull,” adds the team boss.

Without a failure, it could even have been “maybe 40 seconds or more to Charles,” emphasizes Binotto and calculates: “40 seconds on 66 laps are still six or seven tenths [pro Runde].”

That is a “significant” deficit. “It’s like Ferrari last year,” says Binotto. And as is well known, the Scuderia could not play a role in the World Cup fight…

8:04 a.m

After Barcelona is before Monaco

Hello and welcome to a new edition of our Formula 1 live ticker. The GP in Barcelona is behind us, but we don’t have much time to breathe! The seventh race of the season continues in Monaco at the weekend. That’s why we don’t want to waste any time here in the ticker and get started right away.

At this point, Ruben Zimmermann accompanies you again through the day. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints, you can use our contact form. You can also find us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and YouTube, and if you have any questions, use our Twitter hashtag #FragMST.

Here you can read our live ticker from Sunday again!

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