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Schumacher reveals Mercedes 'pressure' for Red Bull surprise

Schumacher reveals Mercedes 'pressure' for Red Bull surprise

Schumacher reveals Mercedes 'pressure' for Red Bull surprise

Schumacher reveals Mercedes 'pressure' for Red Bull surprise

Ralf Schumacher believes that Mercedes are under pressure to deliver in 2024 after two failed seasons with Formula 1’s current technical regulations.

The German outfit are aware that they have a lot of progress to make before they can challenge Red Bull again, having fallen behind in development.

The team are without a race victory in over a year and drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are eager to fight from the front again.

This winter provides a chance for the Silver Arrows to make progress before the 2024 season, and Schumacher believes that pressure may be mounting in Brackley.

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Mercedes are working hard at the W15 before the 2024 F1 season begins
Lewis Hamilton is entering his 12th season with Mercedes
Red Bull were in a class of their own at the front of the F1 field in 2023

Schumacher: Mercedes must turn the tide

“It's very, very important for Formula 1 to have a strong Mercedes at the top again,” Schumacher told Deutsche Pressse-Agentur.

“Mercedes must turn the tide as soon as possible, there is no doubt about that. If that doesn't happen, the weak period will only last longer.

“If this continues, it would mean that they clearly no longer understand how to build a winning car. That would be fatal for a brand like Mercedes, given the successes of recent years.

“Red Bull probably has something surprising in store for the upcoming season that will surprise some people. There is nothing to suggest that Max Verstappen and Red Bull will not continue their dominance.”

With just 21 days left before testing, there isn’t a lot of time before the paddock discovers just where Mercedes are going to be directing their efforts in 2024.

A poor start could see them turn their attention to 2025 even earlier than usual, which is going to be the last season under the current technical regulations.

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