Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his staff are nonetheless going by means of a studying section at this early stage of the 2022 season.
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Toto Wolff has admitted that the on-track performances of his Mercedes staff are presently not reaching their very own requirements, saying the outfit are nonetheless making an attempt to find out how finest to unlock pace from their troubled W13.
Whereas Mercedes salvaged a powerful double factors end on the season opener in Bahrain, with Lewis Hamilton ending on the rostrum, the outcome solely got here on account of a double retirement for the 2 Pink Bulls.
With no such points for Pink Bull in Saudi Arabia, Mercedes may solely hope for fifth and sixth place. George Russell managed fifth, whereas Hamilton had climbed to sixth when an unfortunately-timed pit lane closure resulted in him coming residence tenth.
No "magic fixes" on the best way for Mercedes
With the W13’s points seemingly stemming from an incapacity to get on high of the chassis porpoising down the straights, Wolff stated there is no fast and simple solution to resolve the issues.
“We’re in a studying race and the primary two weekends have proven we nonetheless have lots to study,” Wolff conceded.
“In the mean time, our monitor efficiency just isn’t assembly our personal expectations, however everybody at Brackley and Brixworth (Mercedes’ engine headquarters) is targeted on understanding the issues and discovering the suitable options.
“There will not be a magic repair for the following race weekend, however we’re pushing to steadily carry positive aspects over the upcoming races, to hopefully transfer us nearer to the entrance of the pack.
“Till then, we have to maximise every alternative and profit from the bundle we have now.”
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With the staff adjusting to life within the midfield after eight consecutive Constructors’ Championships, Wolff stated the morale throughout the outfit continues to be very excessive as they band collectively to attempt to resolve the disaster.
“There are numerous challenges forward of us, however that is one thing we relish and is when a staff actually exhibits its true spirit,” Wolff commented.
“Lewis and George are making an vital contribution to the general effort, offering suggestions, spending time within the simulator, and dealing collectively to assist push us ahead.”
Gearing up for the third race of the season, as F1 returns to Melbourne for the primary time for the reason that ill-fated trek Down Underneath in 2020, Wolff is keen to see how the weekend performs out.
“Now we head again to Melbourne for the primary time since 2020 and shall be racing in Australia for the primary time in three years – that is too lengthy for a metropolis and nation which can be so enthusiastic about F1,” he stated.
“We’re trying ahead to seeing the followers and the brand new monitor format which guarantees extra overtaking alternatives and sooner lap instances.”
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Mike Seymour, and Thomas Maher look again over the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix in Jeddah, which was gained in dramatic style by Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen.