Damon Hill has warned that Mercedes are still “some way off” the pace despite an improved showing last time out in Montreal.
Perhaps the aspect that Hamilton, and his back, will most be pleased about though is the reduction of porpoising in the W13 which contributed to their improved performance.
But the podium finish comes with the caveat that Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc started from the back of the grid while Sergio Perez retired. It was a similar story in the season opener with both Red Bulls on that occasion being forced to DNF.
Hill said that while Mercedes have put in performances that suggest they could be serious contenders with some more work, at the moment they are still not up to speed with the Ferraris and Red Bulls.
“I think if you actually look at the race pace, there’s still a bit…