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Video: Was Mercedes’ Miami breakthrough real or a false dawn?

by Josh Suttill
1 min read

Mercedes began the Miami Grand Prix weekend with its upgraded car setting the pace on Friday but walked away on Sunday with a result not dissimilar from what it has experienced in the 2022 Formula 1 so far.

Russell set the pace in FP2 but struggled with a “different beast” of a car on Saturday and slumped to a Q2 exit, while his team-mate Lewis Hamilton bounced back from his nightmare Imola weekend with sixth place on the grid.

A shrewd strategy and some fortunate safety car timing helped Russell turn that into a fifth place finish but his struggles with porpoising on Saturday cast down over Mercedes’ apparent Friday breakthrough.

Our latest video tackles Mercedes’ ongoing 2022 problems and why a fix is taking so long.

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