Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has admitted the team remain in 'no man's land' this season after another eventful weekend for the team in Miami.
Friday's practice session looked promising, with George Russell finishing the second session with the fastest lap and looking like he could challenge for pole position in qualifying but, to the surprise and frustration of his team, was eliminated in Q2 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton had his best qualifying session in a while and a solid race left him looking nailed-on for a fifth-placed finish but a safety car brought Russell back into play, with the young Brit able to overtake his compatriot to finish ahead of his teammate once again.
With those inconsistencies, and Hamilton being frustrated with the team's strategy during the race, Mercedes certainly aren't out of the woods yet despite their upgrade package for Miami and Wolff has made a stark admission on his team's position.
"George stayed out a long time and we were betting on a Safety Car and that materialised from nowhere and it went against Lewis who lost a position. At the end of the day there is no happy or not happy moment at the moment just because we're a bit down.
"We're third quickest on the road and we're in no man's land. We had a good Friday. We need to dissect why that was and then come back. This is where we are. We're not as quick in qualifying and we are behind the Red Bulls and Ferrari."
Mercedes' race on Sunday ended up being between themselves, with Russell able to overtake Hamilton to snatch fifth spot and was pleased there was no team instructions over the radio.
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"When you are battling with your teammate you have to show a bit of respect, more room than normal and I went a bit wide but it is so dirty offline round this circuit and I had to do it all over again. I enjoyed it and there is good respect between us but Lewis was unlucky today on those old, hard tyres there is a lot of work to do."
Mercedes utilised an upgrade package in Miami and, while there were some improvements, there's still plenty of work to do and the double-header up next on the calendar could prove to be decisive to their chances of a revival.
After a weekend off, Formula One heads to Barcelona for only the second European race on the calendar so far this season, then heading off to Monaco for all the glitz and glamour in Monte Carlo.
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