After a disastrous 2022 season, the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team is still uncertain about their chances of winning the Formula 1 championship in 2023. They think that Red Bull Racing, the current champions, has a long way to go before the Silver Arrows can compete.
In order to win both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships in 2022, the Austrian team destroyed the opposition. Red Bull is the favorite to start the season, but Mercedes, which had a bad start to the year, is expected to return to their best. Red Bull is the favorite to start the season.
Mercedes had significantly outpaced the Italian team, which had been the early favorites for the championship, in the second half of 2022.
Mercedes finished 17th on the podium but only won once, a disaster for a team that ruled the “Hybrid Era” from 2014 to 2021. The team is proceeding with caution despite the competition’s expectation that they will return to contention.
Mike Elliot, the technical director for Mercedes, told Sky Sports, “I think the interesting thing is how we move forward from here.” We need to maintain our skepticism and acknowledge that, in my opinion, we were behind at year’s end.”
Toto Wolff, the principal of the Mercedes team, acknowledged that the year 2022 was a disaster for the team but pointed to a few positives that will assist the team in moving forward. The Austrian hopes that the team’s disappointment will motivate them to work toward a more robust long-term future in which they will once again consistently compete at the front.
“I would like this team to keep growing so that it can consistently pursue race wins and championships without taking them for granted,” said the coach. “I think this is the right feeling,” she said. It appeared to be. Our conversation almost sounds like the worst season ever because neither of us feels entitled.
Max Verstappen is still puzzled as to why Lewis Hamilton and he are unable to maintain a clean racing record while they are battling on the track. Despite competing against drivers like Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and even Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate George Russell, the Dutch racer has a perfect record.
Mercedes and Red Bull were frequently at odds during a contentious season. The Dutchman won his first championship in a controversial manner.
Verstappen and Hamilton parted ways in 2022 because Mercedes didn’t have a car that could compete. A fight between the two was inevitable because the Silver Arrows team could only compete in the final few races of the season with the dominant Red Bull vehicle.
GP Fans reported Verstappen saying, “I have to be careful what I’m saying here.” However, we’ve never really reached a consensus in the battles I’ve been fighting with everyone, which have been extremely difficult and abrasive.”
The British driver and the Dutchman were competing for second place at the Brazilian Grand Prix when the Dutchman made a move inside Turn 2. Their chances of winning were harmed when Hamilton refused to concede and the two teams came into contact. He thought Verstappen got a harsh punishment.
“However, I am unable to comprehend it. Regarding Leclerc and Russell, it’s possible that our racing mannerisms and improved understanding of one another are simply generational. I’m not sure.”
Verstappen is unsure of his ability to alter the outcome when he faces Hamilton again for position. The Dutchman hesitated to make any additional remarks for fear that the British media would interpret them as criticism of the seven-time world champion.