Mercedes nonetheless wants “numerous lap time” to battle for F1 wins

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell helped Mercedes to its greatest results of the season as far as they completed second and third behind championship chief Max Verstappen within the French Grand Prix.

However though Hamilton got here residence simply 10 seconds adrift of the profitable Crimson Bull after the 53-lap race, Mercedes stated it remained lifelike about simply how huge the deficit was to the entrance.

With Verstappen having been managing his tyres and never beneath a lot strain from behind, Mercedes thinks that France didn’t supply a correct image of how far off it’s.

Requested by Autosport if he felt the truth remained that Mercedes was round 0.4-0.5 seconds behind the highest squads, staff principal Toto Wolff stated: “I feel he [Hamilton] was capable of stabilise the hole at 5 – 6 seconds within the first stint, however you want to be trustworthy and say after they had been racing one another within the second stint, most likely Max was simply retaining it on the observe.

“So in my half empty glass perspective, there’s nonetheless numerous lap time to catch up.”

Mercedes had a complicated weekend in France as, on a weekend which it had headed to hoping to battle for the win, it was left additional off the entrance in qualifying than it had been at current races.

Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG

Toto Wolff, Workforce Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG

Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Pictures

Wolff reckoned the important thing to the difficulty now was the staff attending to the underside of why its French efficiency didn’t match expectations.

“I feel with each lap, we gather extra information and perceive a bit of bit, so we’re placing the little items of the puzzle collectively,” he stated. “It is a course of that is typically tough.”

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What he was clear about, nonetheless, is that France confirmed the Mercedes W13 isn’t good on single lap qualifying tempo and it stays troublesome by way of tyre warm-up.

“It is merely not one factor: we’re missing efficiency on a single lap and we’re missing efficiency on the preliminary phases of the stint,” he stated.

“There’s something to grasp and it is not a silver bullet however it’s a couple of subjects that they roll in to our efficiency. Second and third is an effective end result however we work tirelessly to win and there’s nonetheless a spot.”

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