Mercedes F1 should stay cautious after Hungarian GP ‘excellent storm’

In Budapest, Russell took his first profession pole, which was Mercedes’ first of a troubled 2022 season.

Whereas the Briton was unable to hold on to the lead on Sunday, he and teammate Lewis Hamilton nonetheless delivered a second consecutive double podium for the Brackley group, with Russell following second-placed Hamilton house in third.

Wolff warned on Sunday night time that the group’s breakthrough efficiency might have been the results of an ideal storm.

Showers on Saturday and Sunday morning prompted a drop in temperatures and substantial change in monitor circumstances, which ended up hurting Ferrari and benefitting Mercedes, which had been misplaced on Friday and wanted to make wholesale set-up adjustments.

Subsequently, Wolff is not sure if Mercedes will be capable of replicate its Hungarian GP efficiency over the second half of the season.

“I believe we should be cautious that it isn’t particular to Budapest that we simply landed within the excellent window,” Wolff cautioned. “The opposite groups, Ferrari particularly yesterday, complained in regards to the tyre not being the place it ought to have been.

“So, in my private opinion, we’re nonetheless missing to the entrance runners.

“You’ve got seen that Leclerc on the best tyre continues to be a dominant pressure. However a minimum of we had been in the identical race.”

George Russell, Mercedes-AMG, 3rd position, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG2n congratulate each other in Parc Ferme

George Russell, Mercedes-AMG, third place, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG2n congratulate one another in Parc Ferme

Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Photographs

Praising his drivers, he added: “George – incredible weekend for him with a pole place and [in the race] with the technique did the utmost and, with Lewis, I believe with out us screwing up with the DRS [on Saturday], I believe he would have raced Max for the victory.

“However would would not rely on this sport, it wasn’t the very fact. I am simply sorry that we weren’t capable of be in that place.”

Mercedes, which struggled massively with bouncing points and a common lack of tempo throughout the primary third of 2022, has seen a gentle enchancment in efficiency and has now collected 11 podiums, the identical as Ferrari, whereas Hamilton took six podiums in comparison with Charles Leclerc’s 5.

When requested if there was extra to Mercedes’ improved type than simply monitor circumstances, Wolff most popular to remain reasonable: “I do not know. Like I mentioned earlier than, I do not wish to say now out of the blue we’re proper bang into the sport and we are able to win races as a result of I do not suppose that is the case.

“I believe we landed it effectively in Budapest on Saturday, and we’re reaping the outcomes [in the race]. However I do not suppose we’re shut sufficient to Ferrari and Purple Bull to essentially combat them as of but, however a number of studying and it is vital to get it mistaken additionally.”

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