Ralf Schumacher: “Mercedes didn’t expect it” / Formula 1

Will the 2022 Formula 1 season change into a three-way battle after the summer season break? With Lewis Hamilton and George Russell at Mercedes, who may very well be often concerned on the entrance? Ralf Schumacher assesses the scenario.


After 4 races in 5 weeks, the premier class specialists have an opportunity to take a deep breath – Formula 1 now takes a summer season break till the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (August 28).

According to Ralf Schumacher, a Formula 1 skilled from our German colleagues at Sky, the Red Bull Racing crew round Max Verstappen can stay up for persevering with the season with confidence, whereas Ferrari are stressed and the strain is mounting.

Ralf Schumacher says: “With the world title in thoughts, there’s little hope for Ferrari in the meanwhile. Red Bull Racing is doing so nicely that loads should occur to vary that.”

“Mercedes are actually struggling within the center and are harmful for Ferrari, with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell main Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz by a number of factors. No, Red Bull Racing should have quite a lot of unhealthy luck within the second half of the season for an in depth struggle for the championship.”

The 47-year-old Schumacher (180 Grands Prix, six wins, fourth place within the 2001 and 2002 World Championships) continues: “Mercedes was spectacular in Hungary. But it was additionally spectacular that they themselves didn’t expect it. Obviously the automotive has quite a lot of potential, relying on the observe and situations. However, the automobile is just not but absolutely understood.

“Hopefully the Silver Arrows will proceed to enhance, as a result of a three-way battle for victory will in fact be nicer for the followers. Especially the quick and technical routes, the place quite a lot of downforce is required, fits the Mercedes.”

Hungarian GP, ​​HungaryRing

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:39:36.533 hrs
02. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +7.834s
03. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +12.337
04. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +14.579
05. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +15.688
06. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +16.047
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +1:18.300 min
08. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, +1 lap
09. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +1 lap
10. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +1 lap
11. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1 lap
12. Pierre Gasly (F), Alpha Tauri, +1 lap
13. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +1 lap
14. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +1 lap
15. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, +1 lap
16. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1 lap
17. Alexander Albon (T), Williams, +1 lap
18. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +1 lap
19. Yuki Tsunoda (J), Alpha Tauri, +2 laps
Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, Engine

Championship standings (after 13 of twenty-two races)

the motive force
01. Verstappen 258 factors
02. Leclerc 178
03. Perez 173
04.Russell 158
05. Saenz 156
06.Hamilton 146
07. Norris 76
08. Okon 58
09. Bottana 46
10. Alonso 41
11. Magnussen 22
12. Ricciardo 19
13. Gasly 16
14. The Hague 16
15. Schumacher 12
16. Tsunoda 11
17. Zhou 5
18. Stroll 4
19. Albon 3
20. Latifi 0
21. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Constructor’s Trophy
01. Red Bull Racing 431 factors
02.Ferrari 334
03.Mercedes 304
04. Alpine 99
05. McLaren 95
06. Alfa Romeo 51
07. Haas 34
08. Alpha Tauri 27
09. Aston Martin 20
10. Williams 3


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