The cost of Mercedes' early F1 testing setback explained

Mercedes started F1’s shortest-ever pre-season testing programme with a heavily disrupted first day. It lost 3 hours in the morning to a gearbox problem that came “out of nowhere” and then struggled to get the car handling well when it returned to the track in the afternoon in terrible sandstorm conditions. In this video Scott Mitchell explains how bad Mercedes’ day really was, and what it’s lost out on with just two more days of running to go before the first race of the season
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  1. Sprain Ankle

    Sprain Ankle

    27 dagen geleden

    Don't bet yo house on the merc falling short just yet..

  2. Allen Hendrikse

    Allen Hendrikse

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    You should now buy now Mercedes is never been honest about their data

  3. Daz555


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    I don't think they will win the first GP. Hamilton and Merc will win overall come end of the season though

  4. loonattica


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    More importantly, will Hamilton have a small void carved out of his helmet padding to accommodate his pony tail/man bun?

  5. Apoc Morrow

    Apoc Morrow

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    There's a better chance that Hailey's Comet will drop by my house, ring my doorbell and pick me up for a magical space ride across the galaxy... then the chance that Mercedes doesn't dominate F1 once again!

  6. aola wili

    aola wili

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    2 weeks later: GET IN THERE LEWIS

  7. Marko's Openings

    Marko's Openings

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    Haha and first race weekend . Get in there Lewis . 😂 Yea guys this was a tough one i left bottas and max just for 25 sec. 😂😂😂

  8. ChUcK2001


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    Is it me or the 2021 F1s look so weird....short front, big ass. I guess it's sometimes weird at the end of a regulation era.

  9. ATRecording


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    With all these teams running hundreds of laps, is nobody considering their engines going bad before the start of thr season even

    • aola wili

      aola wili

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      Yeah real set back, second day smashed time sheets without even trying and doing about 100 laps 🤷🏽‍♂️

  10. Atharva Atre

    Atharva Atre

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    Still..... Merdeces will be world champion

  11. bilinas mini

    bilinas mini

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    Can Mercedes recover? Can the earth stay round? Can the sun still shine tomorrow? Can Lewis win the championship again?

  12. Tony Ret

    Tony Ret

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    What channel is f1 on in America because I can't find it

  13. Egg Reedgious

    Egg Reedgious

    Maand geleden

    Of course they were sandbagging. The entire car was full of sand after lap 1. No doubt the source of the mysterious gearbox issue. I wonder if they could find a way to use sand to increase downforce. Sandforce.

  14. John Duggan

    John Duggan

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    My bet on Verstappen taking the title this year may not be so crazy.

    • bilinas mini

      bilinas mini

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      1:48 this was a sign the hybrid era was going to suck

  15. Dereban


    Maand geleden

    The season hasn't even started yet, so nothing's set in stone. It's not guaranteed that Mercedes will win again, having said that if this is really such a big deal for them they are one of the teams which is most likely to bounce back from it.

  16. jan veit

    jan veit

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    In my opinion, there will be no impact on the season run. I think, it is very premature to make a conclusion that Mercedes is in troubles. Mercedes has a comfort going back to a last year model and still beat the competition (sort of).

  17. CRAB 101

    CRAB 101

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    Of course it's bottas getting fucked over more

  18. Uday Parthiv

    Uday Parthiv

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  19. Ho3n3r


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    This aged well. Now their advantage will only be 0.4 instead of 0.8.

  20. Sjon Hompiestompie

    Sjon Hompiestompie

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    Can't really see this hurting Mercedes in any way shape or form.

  21. RunsWithBears


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    Mercedes has basically already lost the championship by now. The other teams can sit back and relax, in the understanding that Mercedes clearly will not be competiting for podiums this year, and fans all over the world can finally rejoice at the prospect of an interesting F1 season.

  22. The Stig

    The Stig

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    Jeremy Clarkson:Mercedes faces setbacks..oh no... anyways

  23. Balraj Tavanandi

    Balraj Tavanandi

    Maand geleden

    2 ads seriously?!

  24. Bubble Squeak

    Bubble Squeak

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    Yeah real set back, second day smashed time sheets without even trying and doing about 100 laps 🤷🏽‍♂️

  25. gizzy guzzi

    gizzy guzzi

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    Williams kicked Merc's butts!

  26. BoB36


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    I think F1 fans are just looking for any way that mercedes could fall, but deep down we all know that we're getting desperate

  27. B Q

    B Q

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    Who's here after Hamilton went into the gravel?

  28. Trevor Bailey

    Trevor Bailey

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    It call testing for a reason🤔 and Mercedes has the team to overcome stumbles while preparing themselves for the usual adventure.

  29. PRIS


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    1:48 this was a sign the hybrid era was going to suck

  30. Giant Killer

    Giant Killer

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    So sad... 🤣

  31. kriss4200


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    Mercedes looked weak in last years testing. How did that turn out?

  32. pida siouy

    pida siouy

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    Gotta love how these jounalists are grasping at straws

  33. A R

    A R

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    Mercedes playing in NG+ mode

  34. jbritto


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    Mercedes should quit F1.

  35. kyle smith

    kyle smith

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    The amusing anime practically risk because washer phylogentically arrange by a victorious singer. frightened frightening full fumbling functional, gifted crawdad

  36. David Ellis

    David Ellis

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    Murrey's death has taken the shine of what was going to be a massive season, the sport has lost its Dad.

    • pida siouy

      pida siouy

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      Lol, the fake merc trap

  37. Lord Joe Mott

    Lord Joe Mott

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    They should put testing to a week.

  38. Typically Thomas

    Typically Thomas

    Maand geleden

    Anyone saying they're sandbagging needs to learn what that means

  39. CRL_Panda


    Maand geleden

    Well this didn’t age well. Day two just as bad 😂

  40. Everythingman


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    Since 2017 Mercedes has been messing with us in pre-season testing lol

  41. Mohit Kalro

    Mohit Kalro

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    Bottas looks like he's put on some weight.

  42. Clishlaw


    Maand geleden

    Seeing how they were already testing the car last season; it's more likely other teams are just a bit closer to the amount tested on the cars rather than Merc falling behind in testing

  43. Barlos Bainz Jr.

    Barlos Bainz Jr.

    Maand geleden

    They do this every year, "oh no Mercedes didn't do ( x ) or wasn't able to test ( y ) so it might not be quite the blowout as last year" and then they proceed to lap every car on the grid

  44. Vismay


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    Day 2: Mercedes went brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  45. Jackson Taber

    Jackson Taber

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    I can hear Jeremy Clarkson saying, "Oh no! Anyways..."

  46. Ali Parcheforosh

    Ali Parcheforosh

    Maand geleden

    They will be the champions everybody knows that

  47. TheJokerit19


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    They've tended to do a shakedown run in Silverstone, but for some reason, not this year. Not even in Bahrain on any of the preceding days to yesterday. They're still going to be the team to beat and outright fastest as they've been since 2014.

  48. Manoj K

    Manoj K

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    Merc sandbagging again...

  49. Its Leo

    Its Leo

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    Even on the 2nd day of testing Merc wasn't shining like they did last year my thoughts about this is that they might have a bad engine like Ferrari had last year? Let me know what you guys think and why Merc look so slow

  50. Pablo A. Rossi

    Pablo A. Rossi

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    Lol, the fake merc trap

  51. Arjun Patil

    Arjun Patil

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    Let's go red bull🐂 Let's go max

  52. S. Andre Yoder Harris

    S. Andre Yoder Harris

    Maand geleden

    Hold back 😜✊🏾 I would love to see Lewis get an 8th title. But I think if he gets it this year Formula One will lose half The crybaby fans out there. So I’m gonna call shenanigans from the FIA on this one. Shenanigans all season, but I hope I’m wrong.

  53. Henrik Pehkonen

    Henrik Pehkonen

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    p1 today tho

  54. Michael Linner

    Michael Linner

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    It just doesn't matter. Can't anyone get that through their heads? Mercedes will dominate this sport until they decide to withdraw. Again, IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER!!!

  55. Pedro Rangel

    Pedro Rangel

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    Here we are, 20 hours later and Mercedes led the second testing day without any effort whatsoever.

  56. Dread to Think

    Dread to Think

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  57. Chris Died

    Chris Died

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    Huge fuckup.... yet will still be 1 and 2....

  58. Doraan Cilliers

    Doraan Cilliers

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    Don't care car look shit too

  59. Martin Birks

    Martin Birks

    Maand geleden

    What is this awful trend of putting hip hop beats in the background? It doesn’t suit F1 videos!

  60. Vignesh Rajkumar

    Vignesh Rajkumar

    Maand geleden

    they forgot the under chassis led lights; that's the issue.

  61. Zakari


    Maand geleden

    4:05 gigga rear-right

  62. Nathaniel Offer

    Nathaniel Offer

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    Initially I wondered why Hamilton wasn't in the car for the first session. Then Bottas lost almost his entire run and now it looks like a master stroke by Mercedes

  63. Manuel Barreto

    Manuel Barreto

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    Everybody, I'm sure, is happy to see Mercedes woes but they are still favorites. Hold the celebrations until it really shows that other teams have truly done their homework....

  64. Hoten Hitonokoe

    Hoten Hitonokoe

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    Go Hamilton

  65. Severin


    Maand geleden

    NLcamerasrs helping to sell the sandbags

  66. Sean Kelly

    Sean Kelly

    Maand geleden

    Don't believe the hype.

  67. Richard Hudson

    Richard Hudson

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    Like in years gone by, I ignore the pace Mercedes puts up. they always run their tests at the paces they want and need. The last year or 2 they have been anywhere but the top of the charts. The mileage will be a problem but I expect they will sort it out and get the miles down. When I watched this video and wrote this, they are approaching 100 laps for day 2. (58/34) with ~90 minutes to go.

  68. Chris Braid

    Chris Braid

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    It would be nice if Lewis had a similar problem with his rollout so that his teammate didn’t suffer more than him....

  69. Tactical Ginger

    Tactical Ginger

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    Since this video, Hamilton has managed to beach in one of only 2 or 3 gravel traps on the entire circuit...

  70. kurohone


    Maand geleden

    This is about as believable as reports that the Amazing Bat Boy! is in talks to replace Hamilton for next season.

  71. FdPros


    Maand geleden

    it's fiinee they're gonna win anyway

  72. chillikoala


    Maand geleden

    Mercedes could sacrifice the first two races for testing, and still comfortably win the championship.

  73. CaptainToyota


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    IF ONLY i could believe Merc has actual reliability issues. Other then Hams seat flip back n forth im not hopeful. I am excited for Seb in ASM and Sergio in RbR. Both deserve great cars. Both seemed happy and with mercs 20 rear end AsM look good. Red bull Asm are most exciting. Ferrari mclaren and alpine are unknowns. Alpines odd airbox is interesting do they really get a big enough dowmforce upgrade to offset center of gravity etc?

  74. Dusty Rusty

    Dusty Rusty

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    Mercedes is sandbagging (as usual).

  75. SHiZ'


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    'brilliant second day' this did not age well

  76. Ernie H

    Ernie H

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    Lando's time ........McLaren returns to the top !

  77. Eunice Reeves

    Eunice Reeves

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    The hissing desk descriptively park because macaroni partially cycle before a sulky probation. exotic, wealthy degree

  78. Ecce Homer

    Ecce Homer

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    28/03/21... "Get in there Lewis!"

  79. Vaios Kaliakoudas

    Vaios Kaliakoudas

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    The Mercedes haters will wish for the team to suffer as much as during the tests and even worse after this

  80. Michael Großberger

    Michael Großberger

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    Mercedes: 2nd day will be much better Lewis: hold my gravel trap

  81. Wangan Midnight

    Wangan Midnight

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    knowing how meticulous Mercedes is they'd probably have several alternate plans depending of how much time they lost due to failures etc.

  82. Wilbert Yuen

    Wilbert Yuen

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    just one day of testing and the media is trying frame that Mercedes is handicapped... Good to make excuse for losses and even better if they carry on winning...

  83. Al Bundy

    Al Bundy

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    Merc are so far ahead of everyone that they will not have lost that advantage. Realistically, they will win every single race this year.

  84. Jonathan McKavanagh

    Jonathan McKavanagh

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    Who's here after Hamilton's day 2 s🅱️inalla

  85. Raghu Gopi

    Raghu Gopi

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    2nd day was also a disaster

  86. Alex Roberts

    Alex Roberts

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    They'll be fine unfortunately, they are so much stronger. They are mostly focused on next years car.

  87. Zahir Baig

    Zahir Baig

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    Mercedes carefully manage their performance for PR gains they don’t want to be hated like Ferrari were in their peak

  88. userful1


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    Here's to hoping Mercedes will recover quick and strong. Can't imagine Lewis not winning almost everything, would break my heart...

  89. enrique ringa

    enrique ringa

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    Only 17 cars???

  90. Phil King

    Phil King

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    Sensationalism worthy of The Sun :-D

  91. Khan


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    I just got a formula 1 ad before this video.

  92. mkunz -

    mkunz -

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    Let's say that Mercedes couldn't test all of their new parts, Redbull would need to find nearly half a second in qualifying to beat Mercedes. And all with a 2020b Car without significant changes. At this point I would say Mercedes wouldn't need testing at all and win 2021.

  93. mkunz -

    mkunz -

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    Is Mercedes career over??

  94. dr Octagonapus

    dr Octagonapus

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    This reminds me of Top Gear/Dacia Sandero bad news moments.

  95. Razvan Turc

    Razvan Turc

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    Can Mercedes recover? First q3 of the year: 1. HAM 2. VER + 0.324 3. BOT + 0367

  96. NoOne


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    It seems there's a lot of sand out there and bags too. Get it? Sand and bag.

  97. Centurion MK.1

    Centurion MK.1

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    Please dont give me hope

  98. Ivander85


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    Great to see McLaren Mercedes back.

  99. Dhruvakarsh Kunala

    Dhruvakarsh Kunala

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  100. Rodolphe Ndessabeka

    Rodolphe Ndessabeka

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    The same channel claimed that Ferrari was going to destroy the competition in 2019. We all know what happened.