If Mercedes F1 again showed a fairly significant performance deficit over Red Bull and Ferrari in Austria, the German team still had reasons for satisfaction thanks to Lewis Hamilton’s podium and George Russell’s fourth place.
Toto Wolff therefore wants to retain the positive of this result, recalling that the team was at its lowest on Friday after qualifying, during which the two silver arrows were at fault.
“We seem mixed at the end of every race at the moment. We have to accept those 3rd and 4th places. When you consider that we had two cars in pieces on Friday afternoon, it’s a good result,” said the Austrian leader.
“We are still two or three tenths short of fighting at the front. We start to see the light at the end of the tunnel with the car, then it disappears again, and we have to master that. On a race stint, we We were faster than on Saturday. But our drivers needed a good comeback following the incidents in the Sprint and the first laps.”
“It was good to see Charles (Leclerc) on the top step of the podium. He had a lot of bad luck and it looks like the fight is intense at the front. We now have to work on our car to catch up on these teams, and then see how we put ourselves in the fight.”
On-track engineering director Andrew Shovlin joined Wolff: given the difficulties of the weekend, such a result is welcome.
“It was a complicated weekend but it’s very satisfying to bring back 3rd and 4th places. We believe that the penalty imposed on George following the incident with Sergio (Perez) was severe. He was on the curb and left more than enough room. We had to change his front wing after the contact, which made the stop very long. He had to get back into traffic twice but rode brilliantly and seized opportunities.”
“Lewis also had a lot to do in the first stint because of his starting position. Once he passed the midfield cars his pace was good but the gap to Charles (Leclerc) and Max (Verstappen) was too important then and we just drove the car to the finish.”
“This circuit hasn’t suited us for the past few years. Although we’ve been lacking pace compared to Ferrari and Red Bull, we’re encouraged that we’re heading in the right direction and there’s more to come in the upcoming races. .”
“The next few days will be busy at the factory to sort out the car parts situation, the weekend has not been ideal from this point of view! But we will be ready in time for the Paul Ricard and we are looking forward to it. to go to this circuit which should be suitable for our single-seater.”