Martin Brundle on the W13: “There’s a good car in there somewhere”

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Martin Brundle says if the W13 “was a match for Ferrari and Red Bull you could reasonably argue that Mercedes have the best driver combination on the grid”.

In his Sky Sports column, former F1 driver Martin Brundle gave his thoughts on Mercedes’ Miami Grand Prix weekend.

“Mercedes were once again the third-best team,” Brundle wrote.

“But in many ways I think it was their most concerning weekend given that George Russell was fastest on Friday and struggled for pace thereafter and the team simply didn’t know why.

“They’ve talked about ‘diva’ cars before but this one is just a plain mystery with a knife-edge window of set-up. There’s a good car in there somewhere, it’s just so well hidden.”

The Briton then praised George Russell’s wonderful performance, going from P12 to P5 (with a little help from a perfectly times Safety Car).

“It’s easy to say Russell got lucky with the safety car but he had to manage the hard compound tyres from the start, keep his head when going further backwards a little, build the long-run pace as others started to fade, and then call the shots from the cockpit about staying out and hoping for a safety car.


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“You make your own luck sometimes.”

Brundle went on to comment on Lewis Hamilton’s race and current performance.

“Lewis Hamilton was left frustrated after finishing sixth in the Miami GP and admits he was confused why he was asked to make the decision to pit during the safety car.

“Lewis wasn’t lucky with the safety car again and on his side of the garage there was indecision rather than the usual masterly strategy we’ve become used to these past few years.

“It’s a tough time and eager George, with most of his career still ahead of him, is coping better with the situation than Lewis judging by radio transmissions.

“If the car was a match for Ferrari and Red Bull you could reasonably argue that Mercedes have the best driver combination on the grid,” he concluded.

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