Mercedes could have taken their fifth podium end of the season in Canada however Workforce Principal Toto Wolff stated he wasn’t about to get carried away with the Silver Arrows’ tempo, as he regarded forward to the group’s dwelling race at Silverstone.
After Sergio Perez retired and Charles Leclerc recovered from final to fifth, Lewis Hamilton took P3 in Canada, backed up by group mate George Russell in fourth, reversing the group’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix end one week previous to the Montreal race.
That brace of robust performances got here after the group introduced a big improve package deal to the Spanish Grand Prix – however group boss Wolff stated the group’s uptick in tempo might show fleeting.
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“One swallow doesn’t make a summer season,” stated Wolff on Sunday after the Canadian GP. “We noticed that swallow in Barcelona however by some means it flew someplace else. So, I feel we should be cautious. We have been off the tempo on Friday, within the moist we have been good yesterday, I feel it was respectable.
“And I feel that in the present day at instances we have been with the quickest vehicles. Within the second stint, Lewis and George have been virtually matching the front-runners – not fairly, however on some laps – in order that was very encouraging to see, however we should be cautious. There’s a lot work we have to do to be again on the entrance and we aren’t there but.”
Lewis Hamilton claims his second podium of the 2022 System 1 season
Subsequent up is the British Grand Prix, which Mercedes have gained all however as soon as since 2013. Whereas Wolff isn’t fairly anticipating a fourth-straight win at Silverstone, he stated the group have to “grind away” and discover extra tempo to catch as much as Ferrari and Crimson Bull on July 1-3.
“Silverstone was good to us previously and the circuit is smoother than the final three ones, nevertheless it’s not Barcelona, so now we should always handle our personal expectations and actually grind away, take a look at the info and give you some wise options, not only for Silverstone however going ahead.”
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Requested what the group wanted to do to enhance their tempo, Wolff replied: “I feel we simply have to put extra load within the automotive, extra downforce. And equally do this with a automotive that isn’t as low on the bottom as we have now anticipated. It’s a transparent path, you may see the vehicles are going increased and that is the place we have to discover the efficiency.”
Mercedes enter Silverstone third within the standings – 40 factors behind Ferrari – whereas Russell is fourth within the drivers’ championship with each he and Hamilton hoping for a end result at dwelling.