Too early to desert work on troubled W13 F1 automotive

Lewis Hamilton instructed after a tough Friday follow in Canada, the place he ran an experimental flooring after which excessive setup which did not work, that nothing Mercedes was doing was enhancing the W13.

He instructed that the squad can be higher off figuring out what wanted to be accomplished to make sure subsequent 12 months’s W14 was way more aggressive.

“It is just like the automotive is getting worse, prefer it’s getting increasingly sad the extra we do to it,” he mentioned.

“We’ll maintain engaged on it and it’s what it’s, [as] I feel that is the automotive for the 12 months. We simply need to powerful it out and work laborious on constructing a greater automotive for subsequent 12 months.”

However whereas Hamilton may need the workforce to make sure its 2023 automotive is a step ahead, Wolff thinks that his engineers and designers nonetheless want extra solutions about this 12 months’ machine to know what wants to alter.

“I feel you may solely begin to take a look at the W14 when you’ve got really understood what it is advisable to change on the W13,” he mentioned.

“The automotive’s not in an excellent place to say the least. I feel we simply must see the remaining races, session by session and check by check. And sadly, we do not have sufficient days to type it out.

George Russell, Mercedes W13

George Russell, Mercedes W13

“We’re missing tempo, impartial of a bouncing automotive. And realistically we’re not going to win the championship by a large margin. So perhaps consolidating third is what we have to do at that stage and see what we study.”

Wolff mentioned that Mercedes’ championship place, successfully caught in no man’s land because the third finest automotive, meant it was extra open to take dangers with technique on weekends.

He absolutely backed George Russell’s name to go for slicks in Q3 in Canada, although it finally value the British driver grid positions as he slid off the monitor and down the order.

“We’re not within the championship battle and I feel if we might have given Lewis a greater technique with a cool-down lap, we might have been additional forward,” added Wolff. “I feel George would have been most likely in an equal place.

“However that is the second the place you may take dangers and I’m up for dangers and up for ballsy calls. That is what he did and it may have been a hero second.

“It wasn’t, however I feel you have to go for it when you’re the place we’re.”

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