Mercedes is missing a whole second!


Sunday in analysis

In Saudi Arabia, it is now well past midnight and we are saying goodbye at this time. Before that, however, there is the obligatory reference to our large video analysis. Kevin Scheuren and Christian Nimmervoll talked for more than an hour about the following topics:

Intro and result
– Leclerc vs. Verstappen: How crazy is that?
– The duel of # 2: Sainz vs. Unlucky Perez
– Is the Mercedes era coming to an end now?
– Alpine: Staged show for BWT?
– Explained: Why was Zhou punished twice?
– Nico Hulkenberg & Mick Schumacher
– Championship status after 2 of 23 races
– Questions from channel members from live chat

We’re back here in the ticker in just a few hours with a new number. Then we will work through the remaining topics in this eventful weekend in Jeddah. Sleep well and see you later!


The duel between Ocon and Norris …

… at the end of the race there is another video here. For Ocon, it was a little bit of redemption. For in 2021 he had lost to Bottas in a very similar finish P3 on the final meters in Jeddah.


Why did Ricciardo drop out?

Unfortunately, we can no longer answer this question today. “We experienced that for the first time,” reports team manager Andreas Seidl, explaining: “We have to look at it, I can not give you an update on that.”

He apologizes to Ricciardo and explains that the Australian would probably have ended up in the points if it had not been for the problem. “The pace between our two cars was pretty similar,” he reports.

As a reminder: Norris ended up in P7. And Ricciardo would “definitely have had the pace” to keep up with Norris, according to Seidl.


Gasly: ​​”I died in the car” of pain

You did not get that on TV. “For me, the last 15 laps were the most painful in my entire career,” the Frenchman reports after the race. what happened there? “I do not know what happened to my intestines. But I died in the car, I screamed in pain,” reports the AlphaTauri driver.

The whole story is here!


Horner does not write off Mercedes

Mercedes currently plays no role in the battle at the top. But Christian Horner explains: “I have no doubt that Mercedes is at some point involved in this battle [gegen Ferrari] will join. “

The Red Bull team boss also makes it clear that he is not using energy. It is currently “a very intense battle with Ferrari,” he emphasizes, and therefore explains: “My focus is primarily on our team.”


Why Zhou was punished for the second time

And then there is the curious race of the Chinese. He received a five-second penalty and later a drive-through penalty. The stewards’ statement on the penalty read: “Even if the team did not work on the car for five seconds after the lift, the actual lift counts as’ work ‘on the car, which is prohibited under Article 54.4 (c).”

You can find out the whole background and why Zhou was even threatened with disqualification here!


Verstappen emphasizes “respect” with Leclerc

The second duel between Verstappen and Leclerc in the second race. And this time everything remained clean, there is no evil blood. After Bahrain, Verstappen congratulated Leclerc in a sporting way, today it was the other way around.

“We have a lot of respect for each other. It’s really important. That’s why we have these good fights,” explains Verstappen, who describes the duels with Leclerc as “really cool and really tough”.

We say it again: We would love to see more of this!


Hamilton: Mercedes too far away

The Briton joins his teammate and explains that Mercedes is currently “far” behind the leaders. “We are still far from the guys in front of us,” he clarified.

So Mercedes is still not able to win. “We have a lot of work ahead of us,” said Hamilton, who was also slower than his team-mate over the weekend in Saudi Arabia.

“He just did a better job yesterday and today,” he admits.

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