Mercedes should stay cautious after Hungarian GP ‘good 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 team-mate Lewis Hamilton nonetheless delivered a second consecutive double podium for the Brackley staff, with Russell following second-placed Hamilton residence in third.

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

Showers on Saturday and Sunday morning precipitated a drop in temperatures and substantial change in observe situations, which ended up hurting Ferrari and benefitting Mercedes, which had been misplaced on Friday and wanted to make wholesale set-up modifications.

Due to this fact, 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 have to be cautious that it isn’t particular to Budapest that we simply landed within the good 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 frontrunners.

“You have seen that Leclerc on the best tyre continues to be a dominant pressure. However not less than we have been in the identical race.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W132n crosses the line to the delight of his team on the pit wall

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W132n crosses the road to the delight of his staff on the pit wall

Picture by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Photos

Praising his drivers, he added: “George – incredible weekend for him with a pole place and at this time with the technique did the utmost and, with Lewis, I believe with out us screwing up with the DRS yesterday, I believe he would have raced Max for the victory.

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

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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 has six podiums in comparison with Charles Leclerc’s 5.

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

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

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