After the narrow victory in Montreal, Mercedes wants to fight back in France. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff had this to say.
Despite Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Canadian Grand Prix, Mercedes couldn’t be satisfied with the weekend in Montreal. Hamilton gained a victory only because Sebastian Vettel got a time penalty after an “insecure” re-entry to the circuit. His team-mate Valtteri Bottas only finished fourth.
That’s why the alarm bells are ringing for Toto Wolff:
“Canada was a kind of wake-up call for us,” he commented.
“After a series of very good reliability in the first six races of the season, we experienced a series of problems over the last weekend – almost all of them homegrown – from Valtteri’s gasoline system problems in first practice to the hydraulic leak at Lewis’s car that we experienced on Sunday morning before the race.”
Moreover: Ferrari was faster on the long straights in Canada. Wolff wants to fight back again this weekend in France:
“This coming weekend, another tough fight awaits us in France. The track has some similarities with Montreal and the long straight will be a challenge for us.”
“Unlike Canada, however, there are many different corner characteristics with a variety of speeds, which should give us an advantage. So we’re looking forward to the opportunity to fix some things there.”
*This article was first published in German at autobild.de/motorsport.