George Russell scored his maiden F1 win on Sunday at Interlagos, main house teammate Lewis Hamilton to offer Mercedes its first 1-2 end because the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
The consequence ended Mercedes’ winless season and was the newest milestone in a marketing campaign that noticed it initially battle to place up any sort of problem on the entrance of the pack as a consequence of points with its automotive.
Whereas Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have been each concerned in incidents that impacted their races at Interlagos, Russell managed proceedings on the entrance of the pack and by no means seemed liable to dropping the win.
Mercedes F1 chief Wolff mentioned he thought the group “had the quickest bundle all by this weekend”, however mentioned it was not sure why there was such an enormous benefit over Pink Bull and Ferrari.
“I feel [the performance] is simply the sum of the components of the event that is been introduced onto the automotive, the great work that was achieved over the season on the facility unit facet, and all of us collectively,” mentioned Wolff.
“However we now have seen the development, the constructive development during the last three races, and are we again on the domination? No, we aren’t.
“I feel Abu Dhabi on paper is rather more tough for us, additionally as a result of we’re nonetheless too draggy and we all know why. We all know why we’re higher.
“Do we all know why we have been up to now forward of everybody this weekend? We do not.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG, 2nd place, George Russell, Mercedes AMG, 1st place, congratulate one another on the rostrum
Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Photographs
Mercedes spent the early a part of the season combatting the porpoising difficulty on the W13 automotive earlier than discovering a deeper downside that defined its lack of efficiency by the yr.
Improvement work continued on the chassis to make it extra aggressive, with the replace that arrived in Austin final month providing a good step ahead.
Wolff felt “tremendous proud” of the group’s turnaround this yr, saying it had by no means misplaced the idea that it might work its approach by the issues and return to the pinnacle of the pack.
“We had conditions the place we felt that we understood and there have been setbacks, and clearly weekends that have been tremendously tough like Spa,” Wolff mentioned.
“However the group by no means stopped believing that we have been on the correct trajectory while acknowledging that we did not at all times perceive every thing.
“It reveals the mindset and the values of the group, and I really feel so proud for what we have achieved.”
Wolff added that he was “much more proud not having been there” after seeing the group run seamlessly and succeed regardless of him not being on-site for the race. It was solely the third race Wolff had missed since becoming a member of Mercedes in 2013, and the primary it had gained in his absence.
“I really feel proud for the organisation that we now have constructed, with so many individuals that stick with it and made us win in the present day,” he mentioned.