Mercedes nonetheless wants “plenty of laptime” to struggle for F1 wins

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell helped Mercedes to its finest 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 dwelling simply 10 seconds adrift of the profitable Crimson Bull after the 53-lap race, Mercedes stated it remained sensible about simply how huge the deficit was to the entrance.

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

Requested by if he felt the fact remained that Mercedes was round 0.4-0.5 seconds behind the highest squads, group principal Toto Wolff stated: “I believe he [Hamilton] was capable of stabilise the hole at 5 or 6 seconds within the first stint, however you might want to be trustworthy and say after they had been racing one another within the second stint, in all probability Max was simply protecting it on the monitor.

“So in my half empty glass perspective, there may be nonetheless plenty of laptime to catch up.”

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

Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG

Toto Wolff, Group Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG

Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Pictures

Wolff reckoned that key now was the group attending to the underside of why its French efficiency didn’t match expectations.

“I believe with each lap, we accumulate extra knowledge and perceive just a little bit, so we’re placing the little items of the puzzle collectively,” he stated. “It is a course of that is generally tough.”

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What he was clear about, nonetheless, is that France confirmed that the Mercedes W13 shouldn’t be 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 levels of the stint,” he stated.

“There’s something to know and it isn’t a silver bullet however it’s just a few matters that they roll in to our efficiency. Second and third is an efficient consequence however we work tirelessly to win and there may be nonetheless a niche.”


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