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Mercedes F1 Critical Point

Mercedes at Critical Juncture in F1, Says Ralf Schumacher

01/02/2024

Ralf Schumacher highlights Mercedes’ pivotal moment in F1, emphasizing Red Bull’s potential 2024 dominance and the need for Mercedes’ resurgence.

Mercedes has reached a critical point in its Formula 1 history, according to former driver Ralf Schumacher, now an F1 analyst for German media.

Overall, Ralf states it’s clear to him that Red Bull remains the favorite for 2024… and even greater dominance is not ruled out!

“I think they might have something surprising up their sleeve for the upcoming season that will astonish some people,” said Schumacher, who raced alongside his famous brother Michael in F1 during the 90s and 2000s, to the DPA news agency.

“There are relatively few indicators suggesting that Max Verstappen and Red Bull won’t continue their dominance. It remains to be seen what form this will take as Red Bull has kept its cards close to its chest for the RB20.”

And according to Schumacher, it’s crucial for Mercedes – and for F1 – that the once-dominant Brackley-based team steps up its game in 2024 after two subpar seasons by its standards.

“It’s very, very important for Formula 1 to have a strong Mercedes back at the front.”

“Mercedes must overcome this hurdle as quickly as possible – there’s no doubt about it. Otherwise, it would mean their weakness has become persistent.”

Indeed, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton failed to win a single Grand Prix in 2022 or 2023, with George Russell securing Mercedes’ only win over the last two years.

“If this continues, it would mean they obviously no longer understand how to build a winning F1 car. And that would be disastrous for a brand like Mercedes, with all its past success.”

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