After Mercedes’ obvious progress at the Spanish Grand Prix, in a talk with Unibet two-time Formula 1 champion Mika Häkkinen gave his thoughts on how the team is doing.
“Here in Spain Mercedes showed just how hard they have been working to solve the porpoising problem which has robbed the car of so much speed in the first five races,” the Finn said.
“We could see the positive step on Friday, rather like we did in Miami, but this time they continued their form through Saturday and into the race.
“In race set-up the Mercedes looked very strong. In fact Lewis and George set the 2nd and 3rd fastest laps of the race.”
Häkkinen went on to praise Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton for not giving up after his collision with Kevin Magnussen.
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“Mercedes have now given Lewis and George a car they can have confidence in and really race. You could see it from the way George was able to defend from the Red Bulls during the race.
“Meanwhile Lewis’s recovery from last place on lap 1 to finish 5th was just brilliant. His collision with Kevin Magnussen’s Haas looked terminal but neither he nor the team gave up.
“We know Lewis would have finished 4th except that a water leak meant he had to back off in the last couple of laps. We now have three teams competing for podiums.
“The question is whether Mercedes can take another step and start racing to win.
“I believe they will,” Mika concluded.