Juan Pablo Montoya backs grid to 'flip' once Mercedes crack car issues

Lewis Hamilton at Imola GP

Former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya has suggested that the Mercedes car looks awful at the moment, but offered them hope in saying that once they crack their current issues the grid order is going to flip in their favour.

The Mercs of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have certainly looked off of the pace so far this season, with Red Bull and Ferrari the teams to beat.

Indeed, Mercedes have suffered badly with porpoising at high speed and that has hampered their car set-up, costing them laptime in turn, and Hamilton has already said his title chances are non-existent this season now.

Mercedes are still working at a solution, though, and Montoya believes once they do find an answer things will change in terms of the pecking order:

“It (the Mercedes W13) looks awful. I think they’ve given up a lot of pace because they need to run the car really high, for the porpoising,” he said to Vegas Insider.

“You see how bad at the end of the straights that car bounces! It’s like the driver is going like that (bobs head) and you’re trying to figure out where is the braking zone.

IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 23: George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W13 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 23, 2022 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“I’ve been through it. It’s a nightmare.

“It hurts the car, the gearbox, everything takes a beating. They’ve just given up a lot of pace just to make it survive the races. Once they figure it out, the whole grid is going to flip upside down, it’s going to change a lot.”

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