Toto Wolff has dominated out a second of “poetic justice” ought to Mercedes triumph at this yr’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Silver Arrows have been denied an eighth consecutive double championship final season when Max Verstappen controversially handed Lewis Hamilton on the ultimate lap of the season, however solely after a contentious safety-car interval.
While the Dutchman is on the right track to clinch a second F1 world title after successful 11 races this yr, Hamilton and Mercedes stay with no victory at this level in a season for the primary time since 2011.
The group was initially suffering from porpoising points early on which have now given technique to mechanical bouncing when the automobile is run at a experience peak that’s too low. Drag effectivity has additionally been a contributing issue to the W13’s struggles.
Whereas constructive indicators at Zandvoort and Budapest equalised the ache of low-downforce circuits similar to Belgium and Italy, Wolff stated: “It will be superior if we might win a race on benefit with none grid penalties.
“In the event you had requested after Spa, I might have stated inconceivable [to win this season]. Then Zandvoort, we practically received that one, however Monza was not good.
“In order that [winning just one race] should be the goal. We don’t wish to finish a season with no race win.
“Even when the sail is completely set for 2023, it could be fairly a pleasant factor in a troublesome season for all of our folks.”
Wolff – Nothing will convey the championship again
The ache of Abu Dhabi was revisited on the Italian Grand Prix as there was one other doubtful ending to a race which completed behind the security automobile.
On this event, nevertheless, as Wolff and Lewis Hamilton each identified, the FIA a minimum of adopted the laws as they need to have been utilized in Abu Dhabi.
However requested whether or not a primary win of the yr at Yas Marina can be cathartic given the occasions of final yr, Wolff replied: “Poetic justice…I do not assume something goes to convey us that championship again subsequent yr, so wherever [for the win].”