Are Mercedes ACTUALLY In Trouble After F1 Testing?

The big talking point from testing was that Mercedes didn't look at their best but are they really struggling or just having us on? Matt, Tommy and Katy answer this and more of your questions from F1 Testing in the latest podcast.
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  • Update after first race: No. W12 is still the best car out there.

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  • Perez at red bull is like Kimi with the drink

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  • After two races things will become clear. - whether rule change have been adequately anticipated, or - driver need to adapt to different driving style, that some can and will annoy others, depending on margin of error On rule change adaptations, their should not be a rigid budget limit, as one does not want unsafe situations caused by drivers having to adopt too much of a new driving style, that feels unfamiliar. All translates into and contributes to increased tyre wear / degradations. So this will have been the main focus at MB, thus long runs. Race input is required. Practice does not involve the kind of tense situations as during wheel to wheel racing, and every mistake has serious consequences. Why one can never count out MB is, their massive data while leading races, on fuel consumption and potential changes in parameters. Coming from behind data provide less to play with, as one does not know how the MB's could reduce trottle. Verstappen's performances say nothing about fuel consumption, under race conditions. But his packages are definitively closer to their sweet spot, than MB. But with a few minor floor airflow changes, they may then get much further ahead, compared to the season start, should there have been issues. Gearbox issues may well indicate more advanced technology, to gain from somehow. But then also a related system not yet in sync with that evolution. This also indicates, one is to expect MB geared to widen the gap of previous years. If there is any sort of chance for other teams than MB, to win titles, it must be fone this year

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  • baby's... to young to comment. abu dahbi merc turned down the engine, 0,3 seconds slower then normal. sandbagging when; altitude problem with engine heat problem with engine and tires can't follow , heating problem all year having fastest quali, exept for that 1 time max screwd them, not a perf. rec. ohhh yeah sandbagging????

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  • Yes.

    Marcel PolmanMarcel PolmanUukausi sitten
  • mercs are laughing at media and people who are thinking red bull is better

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  • Vettel was slower than Kimi last year

    Chandran JayaramanChandran JayaramanUukausi sitten
  • Don’t compare Hamilton with Vettel. Period !!!

    Chandran JayaramanChandran JayaramanUukausi sitten
  • Have we learned nothing the last 6 years or so?

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  • Holy shit two sponsors? Literally no one is doing that in a podcast...

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  • mercedes are trolling the shit out of everyone

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  • tommy with that double mic for CriSp audio quality

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  • Didn’t Toto say that they found the hair in the soup? Then, what are we hoping for? I predict a 1-2 for Mercedes with at least half a second per lap over the others.

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  • Question: If teams only have 2 tokens for making changes, what is it they are actually testing? They aren't allowed to change that much right?

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  • I really think MB is still bigtime Favourites with RB closing in, maybe just in the beginning slightly closer then MB wants. Although I also think the top-end of the midfield might get closer to the top2 then RB and MB might like and might interfere with them in some races.

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  • Mercedes will be even behind McLaren, because both of their drivers couldn't handle a unstable back. They can just do the setup by FP in Bahrein, but not big chances on the aerodynamic.

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  • All speculation aside, HAM is probably the worst _WDC_ at setting up an _F1_ car.

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  • Blabla bla, see you in Q3 next weekend

    Armel NtiArmel NtiUukausi sitten
  • You guys fall for the mercedes struggles don't kid yourself mercs will dominate in Bahrain mercedes do this every year hahaha

    Ken WallerKen WallerUukausi sitten
  • Ferrari was running a much bigger rear wing than the others. Just saying.

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  • Das Haar in der Suppe finden (to find the hair in the soup) is one of the most German things one could say 😂😂😂

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    • This is F1. It's not a problem if you're eating hair soup. I am paraphrasing a joke by my uncle Wilfie. Diner: Waiter, there's a fly in my soup. Waiter: stop complaining. You ordered the soup of the day. Diner : so? Waiter: It's fly soup!

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    • We use that same expression in mexico when we find a problem

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  • Imagine the Redbull (or any other car) being as fast as the Mercedes, both in corners and speed, than they still have to match the very few DNF's Mercedes has every year.

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  • Mercedes are and have been that far in front (by light years) in recent years, if it's true the Mercs are struggling, we may see a closer championship. But I say may, because I think Mercedes will adjust and find a fix and will win the constructors title in the end.

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  • Eau Rouge and radillon corners renamed to Murray Walker bends

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  • The only reason to sandbag is to hide the potential of something you can't otherwise camouflage like their wavy floor design. If that's the case shouldn't we be saying the same thing about McLaren and their diffuser?

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  • How do you record your podcasts me and my friend are starting a channel.

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  • might this also have to do with the removal of their DAS system on a car which is basicly the 2020 car.. i mean last years car was probably built with DAS in mind in therms of downforce, aero and so on losing DAS and being limited in development might have been a heavy hit

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  • If you watch the debrief video of Mercedes you can easily see how comfy both of the engineer's were. It's like that 1 topper in your class who solves everyone's doubts on exam day and is always fully prepared.

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  • Not a V in Vettel but a "Fau" so more like V is an F sound almost, german thing

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  • Yeah. Definitely the team who has won seven constructor titles in a row is struggling. The car that won with almost twice the points (573 points - 319 points) to Red Bull and is carried over from last year with minimum changes is now really bad. Give me a break. Without knowing the sport, purely statistically there is little to no chance for anybody else winning the constructors title. Mercedes is killing the sport. It is obvious and non of the commentators are allowed to speak about it openly.

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  • After wiping the floor with the competition for the last 7 seasons in a row.... do you really think that they're "ACTUALLY STRUGGLING!?!?!" 😂😂😂 How dumb can ppl be?

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  • It’s not a Mercedes copy so it’s not good. Selling bandwagons since 1890

    RogerLevertRogerLevertUukausi sitten
  • Mercedes had NOTHING to race for on the last race of last season. Why risk a driver or confidence or exposure. That should be taken into consideration why Red Bull came first.

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  • They are sandbagging ... come on all the Mercedes engined teams with Mercedes experience seemed to have similar run plans except for the new customer McLaren who pushed it. Tells me the new kid pulled the short straw to test the engine at full output while others got to hold back.

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  • I really appreciate all three perspectives - it's really nice to have Katy on, she's just as knowledgeable (and opinionated) as Tommy and Matt.

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  • 1 bad car he had one and it was in 2009 so what is your piont

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  • i think mercedes testing looked worse as it was only 3 days. in 2020 they had engine issues which left lewis out for like half a day but people forgot about it becuase they did so much running after. If there was 6 days in the test then mercedes couldve done loads of milage after those 3 days and everyone would've said they had a good test.

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  • Yess

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  • No they are not sand bagging this is they true pace so they are in big trouble, when it comes to quantifying I sure they will be 7th and 8th at the start they will get better in 4 or 5 races into the season but will take a good while to get 1st 2nd red bull will win this year with a good few points in the bag at the end of the season.

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  • First time in the hybrid era anyone looks like they can get close to Mercedes legally.

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  • You guys should watch the interview with team principal RB Merc n mclaren and listen to toto where he says meny clues about stuff don't think that's there car 🤣 think when they show up there going to b meny different things on car

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  • Hoping the BRDC do name an area / corner / straight of Silverstone in his memory 👌

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  • I think they are not in trouble due to the fact they have loads of money 🤔

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  • Is it coincidental or a sign of concern that all 4 Mercedes powered teams were in the bottom 5 of the total laps completed over the test?

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  • Ferrari are a lot better then last year a big call ferrari win 2021 And rip to Murray Walker the sound of f1 in my books

    Chris SioChris SioUukausi sitten
  • In 2018 they said the EXACT thing about Ferrari and how their car looked comfortable in testing but as soon as the season started in Australia, Mercedes just f*cked off!

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  • Mercedes are acting so well that they actually need to make some movies.

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  • Nooo they are not

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  • Mercedes will come back strong. It all depends on how quick they resolve the issues. Red bull need to pull away early and get points on the board. I reckon Ferrari will have a stronger season with more highs. F1.5 will be so tight and circuit dependent on who does better. Maybe closer to the F1.5 front. McLaren looks to be the team to watch, Ricardo for championship challenge 🤗🤗

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  • Did everyone magically forget that Valtteri Bottas easily ran the FASTEST on Day 2 of testing? 😔

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  • I got Verstappen as the champ, but i worry about his bad luck.

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  • Haas? Ooh you mean Team Russia

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  • Sand bagging as per norm..

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  • Mercedes sandbagged so much it could probably stack its sandglbags higher than burj Khalifa

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  • My opinion is that they were sandbagging like there’s no tomorrow

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  • Honestly Mercedes' floor probably just ingests air when it turns hard

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  • Tommy started watching F1 when he was 8 (last year)

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  • Sick and tired of watching Lewis and Mercedes win again and again and again....

    Mr BlepBlopBlupMr BlepBlopBlupUukausi sitten
  • God I hope so

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  • I think they have some fundemental floor flow issues due to new regulations thats why rear of the car just rips off in high and medium speed corners from the rear

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  • Im still confused,first okay if we say that merc has a complicated aero and maybe the low rake problem, again Hamilton on the same tyres did a slower lap than Kimi with the 3rd worst team from last season.Thats why i think they are sandbagging.I hope merc struggle i need to see Hamilton in a really difficult car,lets be honest hamilton was always in a race winning car,2009 even

    Mr BungleMr BungleUukausi sitten
  • Don’t understand the adaptability against regulation argument. Vettel has won in V8 complex aero, V8 simple aero, double diffuser and no double diffuser, blown diffuser and no blown diffuser, V6 hybrid narrow car, V6 hybrid wide car and V6 hybrid wide car with simple front wings. That doesn’t look like a regulation issue to me.

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  • We get it, you've seen drive to survive season 3 already

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  • Imagine uploading 30 min+ podcast without Timestamp..🙈

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  • Unfortunately its 100% sandbagging..

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  • Hamilton will win 8th title, Redbull 2nd seat will struggle again (not drastically as last year) , aston Martin and Mclaren will be fighting for 3rd , thank me later

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  • Love the Alpine look, but these days data is very important... So Alpha Tauri will beat Alpine, because Honda will collect twice the data that Renault will.

  • Hamilton has literally never driven a bad car what are you talking about?!? Why do brits always shove their nose so far up Hamilton's arse smh...

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  • All the content! So appreciated

    John ThompsonJohn ThompsonUukausi sitten
  • Are u kidding me? 48 minutes talk to see if if if Mercedes are actually struggling?! Can't you see their dominants in 7 years? And you are wishing all of that dominants goes away with some little changes in rules? Come on!!

    Ali ParcheforoshAli ParcheforoshUukausi sitten
  • "Hamilton had a bad car"... when......................?

    Sebastian BuseSebastian BuseUukausi sitten
  • I believe this is the Actually Mercedes pace and only 2 weeks till first race unlike last seasion so i don't believe Mercedes have enough time to get the car in the place they wanted to be.

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  • I just love the podcast.! They have the Oomph and not meh like a few others out there..😂😂

    shubham tomershubham tomerUukausi sitten
  • “The hair in the soup” is a German figure of speech which describes well German Problembewusstsein - literally: problem-consciousness. “To look for a hair in the soup” goes even further, describing the strong German inclination to look for problems even in areas where they are not likely to exist.

    David PernýDavid PernýUukausi sitten
  • Red Bull: Beats their junior team by 0.093s The media: Red Bull favorites 100%

    Kevin DelandKevin DelandUukausi sitten
  • Lewis could make history this year and you hope he does poorly? And you want Red Bull to win? Red Bull is an underdog? Lmao

    Bryant McelroyBryant McelroyUukausi sitten
  • Redbull isnt the best team Tommy. I love youre content and I love the videos. But you guys are very very biased instead of being neutral. I'll repeat Mercedes Benz will b on top mates

    Junito VassalloJunito VassalloUukausi sitten
  • At this point I would rather have Mazepin to win championship or anybody else except ass... Lewis but Mercedes is doing the same thing for 8 years and after first three winter testings I kinda learned they are acting problems.

    Dean KučkovečkiDean KučkovečkiUukausi sitten
  • Even if the Red Bulls are the fastest, Sorry but they will take eachother out multiple times and hamilton will still win. Checho was the worst of two bad partnerships, attitude wise and so was max, utter chaos incoming.....

    John D SmithJohn D SmithUukausi sitten
  • I swear wtf1 are just redbull dick riders. Always glorifying redbull and Max. There isnt any hope yea the redbulls are strong but mercedes will b Champions at the end of the year you guys cant possibly think tht they are in trouble trust and believe a merc will take pole at Bahrain Hamilton is just another level and caliber of driver. I feel that honda power unit isn't all is being made out to be. Hope Sergio Perez beats Max in the Inter team battle.

    Junito VassalloJunito VassalloUukausi sitten
  • I guess when Mercedes have their car dialed in it will blitz the field again. But it’s only about 1,5 weeks before we know.

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  • Sandbagging

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  • Have you done a video on Developmental Tokens and what they are?

    mike tompkinsmike tompkinsUukausi sitten
  • Love these

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  • What do you mean are they in trouble? They are not Williams. It will be fun to watch Lewis really fight for wins

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  • I think mercedes did tune the car to the extreme according the simulartions and tried how it would respond. We all know that the extreme in simulations are gonna work out in real world scenario. Hence they struggled. But that doesn't put them in struggling mode as it looks like. They can just tone down the settings and get back the real power as last year.

    Veluri BharathVeluri BharathUukausi sitten
  • I think the problem is we've all had our hoped dashed too many times to even dare hope there will be a title challenge from Red Bull. That said, wouldn't it just be typical if this ruleset finally becomes competitive in its final year - one it wasn't even supposed to have?

    Tom HutchinsTom HutchinsUukausi sitten
  • Science has spoken! If you don't have that "oompf" you become "meh"

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  • Who else is skipping once Katy starts speaking ? 😂🤚🏾

    Ahmed EltayebAhmed EltayebUukausi sitten
  • I'm scared they'll move Yuki up too soon. He looks so good already and is honest and open to learning and I really hope Red Bull learn their lesson and protect Yuki. Keep him in AT for a couple years let him grow, maybe pair him with Albon next year should Gasly take they expected move to Alpine(if not higher considering form/potential) But move him too soon and we'll lose a talent too soon.

  • Lewis seems too cautious on track compare to a young guys and I think with a similar mindset, he can not stand the likes of Max, Leclerc and some few others.

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  • Just sandbagging. They put in the least laps because they don't need to

    richboy900richboy900Uukausi sitten
  • Katy means Hamilton maybe tired of working for his money.

    Jeroen BonsJeroen BonsUukausi sitten
  • It is indeed unuseual for DAS HERRENVOLK.

    Jeroen BonsJeroen BonsUukausi sitten
  • Sandbagging>>> 2 years ago Monsieur Leclerc/Fewwawi was CHEATING with an extra something-fuel-extra-power-etcetera that gave them four (4)!!! polepositions and some wins-- Last year Mr. Hamilton/Bottas?Mercedes was were CHEATING with a DAS-system that gave them warm tires to be able to shoot out of the block in Qualllli and restarts and that gave them an avalange of wins. Both times these adversairiuies were sending Red Bull into the clouds - BUT hopefully this year Max can put the W-Champ-Courona on his hard work.

    Jeroen BonsJeroen BonsUukausi sitten
  • I don’t think Merc have set up issues, it look like they’ve got an aero stall problem at the back of the car. The team have admitted that there is an aerodynamic problem with the car, and I think it’s the diffuser is stalling on traction.

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  • Nice

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  • Just like Valterri said on Ted's Notebook, "We are always SANDBAGGING". It is what it is.

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    • It was a sarcastic joke mate

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