Mercedes’ nightmare Saturday at the Miami Grand Prix has not gone down well with their fans, who are seemingly all growing increasingly concerned with the W14’s performance.
For the second year in a row, the Silver Arrows have found the going extremely difficult at the Miami International Autodrome, to the extent where Lewis Hamilton failed to make Q3.
The seven-time World Champion wasn’t even close to making the top 10, with the Mercedes driver set to start Sunday’s race from 13th.
His failure to make it into Q3 marked the first time he’s failed to qualify in the top 10 on American soil, to add to Hamilton’s woes.
Qualifying wasn’t that much better for George Russell; however, luck was on the 25-year-old’s side as a late red flag in Q3 saw several drivers unable to set a competitive lap, leaving Russell to start Sunday from sixth.
Whilst Russell salvaged a respectable result, Mercedes’ fans weren’t pleased with how bad the side were, with both drivers having complained all weekend about the W14.
@F1_Jordan wrote on Twitter: “Merc still a second off, embarrassingly lost It gets more frustrating with all the PR nonsense they come out with, especially Wolff after Australia talking about “clear improvements” when it was all track specific Too much talking, not enough doing!!!”
Mercedes’ lack of upgrades for Miami were a general reason amongst fans as to why they’re struggling for performance, with some growing increasingly concerned that their new concept for Imola won’t be much better.
@Mrz999 added: “0 upgrades and losing ground every weekend, this Imola upgrade will only bring us back to Bahrain level competitiveness. Seasons gone.”
@F1Merc44 commented: “They haven’t brought any big upgrades, did people really think the car would get a second quicker without any upgrades?”
@sirhqmilton said: “It’s embarrassing. The teams a lost, hopeless case. Nothing can fix this tractor even with those upgrades”
Others like @lakeshow12345 noted that the team are “truly lost” if the Imola upgrades aren’t a success: “Upgrades are scheduled for next race. If improvements don’t work, then they are truly lost.”
@lewishammers” Feel like we’re constantly being gaslit by them to make us think the car is getting better when in reality it’s not. Expecting nothing from these Imola updates.”