Former Mercedes Motorsport CEO Norbert Haug summed up the yr and talked about expectations for subsequent season …
Three finest moments of the season
First, these are the outcomes of Lewis Hamilton. He repeated the document for the variety of titles and surpassed data that had been thought of unattainable within the skilled world. Now Lewis has seven titles – the identical as Michael Schumacher had, however he has extra victories and he is not going to cease there.
Secondly, that is George Russell. After the Sakhir Grand Prix, the place he changed Lewis Hamilton, he was added to the lists by everybody who had not paid consideration to him earlier than. He’s a proficient, targeted, calm and impeccable driver. It’s a pity that as a result of staff’s mistake he couldn’t win the race, though he deserved it. In any other case, Mercedes labored flawlessly. We’ll hear extra about George!
The third level is Racing Level. This staff has turn out to be an actual menace to these with higher funding, and particularly to Ferrari. Scuderia has thrice as a lot cash, however she earned 2/3 fewer factors. Extra will be achieved with much less – and Racing Level has confirmed this once more. Sebastian Vettel should assist them construct on the success when the staff modifications their identify to Aston Martin.
Three worst moments of the season
To start with, it’s Ferrari’s failure. Clearly, they bypassed the principles for a very long time, in order that they obtained extra engine energy than the rules enable. Because of this, they suffered much more. Unlawful experiments with energy Scuderia provoked Mercedes – they usually considerably elevated the facility of their engine. Ferrari not solely misplaced the benefit, but in addition started to lose one and a half seconds per lap.
The second level is the tires. It’s not right that in each second interview they speak about the necessity to preserve the temperature of the rear tires. Racers, staff leaders, journalists – everybody solely talks concerning the working vary and temperature of the tires. System 1 shouldn’t be a tire world championship, particularly when there is just one tire provider. Profitable in System 1 means driving 300 km within the minimal period of time, and never attempting to get into the working vary of the tires all this time.
Additionally, I do not like DRS. Nobody desires to see synthetic overtaking and no braking fights. Why danger it when you’ll be able to nonetheless overtake on the subsequent straight?
Expectations for subsequent yr
I sincerely want Mick Schumacher to earn his first factors. However take a look at George Russell: in Mercedes he led the race and claimed victory, and in Williams he rode in direction of the top of the peloton. Along with Mick within the Haas F1, they have to consistently enhance the automobile – then they may have an opportunity to earn factors.
Subsequent yr Mercedes will once more be onerous to get forward. Nobody has labored so successfully for ten years, nobody is extra important of themselves than the Mercedes manufacturing unit staff – that is its uniqueness. Nobody has but managed to attain such leads to the 70-year historical past of System 1 and, for my part, the game generally.
It is nice if Sebastian Vettel begins profitable once more in Aston Martin. That is necessary each for him and for the German followers. Having gained in Bahrain, Sergio Perez proved that it’s fairly attainable to win on this staff. Sebastian must be guided by this end result. I’m positive he’ll work onerous.