The tempo proven by F1’s high two groups on the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix left Mercedes in little doubt that its type had been hit by new guidelines launched this yr.
Particularly, it believes that modifications to the ground aimed toward chopping downforce have damage lowrake vehicles like its personal and Aston Martin way more than high-rake fashions like Crimson Bull.
Aston Martin even went so far as suggesting the rule changes resulted in its car losing one second per lap of performance in comparison with high-rake rivals.
Sky Sports activities F1 pundit Brundle just isn’t satisfied that the rake concern provides the total clarification behind Mercedes obvious tempo struggles.
He’s assured that regardless of its early struggles with the W12, the Brackley squad will “get it collectively” as he nonetheless thinks Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are the crew/driver mixture to beat.
“I believe the rake factor is just a little little bit of a distraction and I believe the Mercedes just isn’t actually working that effectively in the intervening time,” Brundle instructed Autosport.
“Crimson Bull and Honda are working significantly effectively, as are a number of different vehicles.
“The rules imply you possibly can’t simply maintain throwing new upgrades at it each week like they’ve maybe accomplished prior to now, however Mercedes will get it collectively.
“[Lewis] Hamilton and Mercedes are nonetheless the combo to beat for the world championship.”
The vehicles of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, 1st place, and Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, third place, in Parc Ferme
Photograph by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images
Looking forward to subsequent weekend’s race at Imola, Brundle is predicting one other intently fought contest between Mercedes and Crimson Bull.
The ex-F1 driver turned distinguished broadcaster says that Hamilton’s Bahrain victory proved that Mercedes, even on the again foot, can’t be underestimated.
“It relies upon what they do to their automotive in between occasions,” added Brundle, when requested if he thought Mercedes would have a more durable battle to beat Crimson Bull at Imola.
“It’s clearly extra restricted as to what you possibly can change anyway now.
“I wouldn’t underestimate Mercedes. I imply all people is speaking about rake and the way it has broken Mercedes and subsequently Aston Martin, however until I’m mistaken, a Mercedes received the race in Bahrain with Crimson Bull having dominated the final race [in Abu Dhabi] final yr.
“I believe will probably be actually shut, they are going to kind the Mercedes out.
“Hamilton was completely magnificent in Bahrain and for me he received the race as a lot as anyone else misplaced it, or any crew misplaced it.
“I actually don’t know who can be greatest round Imola and that’s the beauty of reside sport.”