MERCEDES lie second within the constructors’ standings after selecting up a 3rd and fourth within the Australian Grand Prix.
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Toto Wolff has claimed he’s “very optimistic” for the way forward for the Mercedes group after one other sturdy factors haul in Melbourne. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton’s third and fourth place finishes meant the Silver Arrows had been the best scoring producer on Sunday regardless of their points.
Wolff praised his two drivers for displaying “the spirit of this group” after their glorious outcomes. The Austrian has additionally claimed his outfit had been leaving Melbourne in a greater state than once they arrived.
He stated the group had been nonetheless off the tempo however now know the place they should look to search out extra efficiency.
Wolff defined: “One issue that leaves me very optimistic for the longer term is the mindset and energy of the group. Everybody within the UK, in Stuttgart and within the travelling race group is pulling collectively each ounce of effort we now have to sort out the efficiency gaps with willpower and a deep starvation.
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Toto Wolff is extra optimistic after Australia (Picture: Getty)
“Seeing Lewis and George carry out at an exceptionally high-level immediately with a software that’s clearly not on the tempo of the leaders is one other instance of the spirit of this group. We’re optimistic but life like on the timeline for enchancment and the benefit our opponents have, however P3 and P4 helps us go away Australia with a great feeling.
“Each drivers deserved the rostrum immediately, Lewis was unfortunate with the timing of the Security Automotive however the partnership between the 2 and the way they work with each other epitomises the general spirit of the group.” Mercedes steadily improved all weekend because the group slowly discovered efficiency from their new automotive.
On Friday, the group had been unable to get inside the highest 10 as groups resembling McLaren and Alpine set sooner instances.
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Lewis Hamilton picked up good factors in Australia (Picture: Getty)
Nonetheless, the German producer discovered additional tempo on Saturday and had been in a position to capitalise off errors for a powerful factors haul. Russell claimed Mercedes had been nonetheless a “great distance behind” their rivals however praised the group’s good outcomes.
Hamilton added: “This weekend we now have had so many troublesome moments with the automotive and to get fifth and sixth in qualifying, to have progressed like we now have, with the reliability we now have, is superb. We positively didn’t count on to be third and fourth immediately. George did an awesome job – I acquired to see a little bit of the battle of him racing Perez and I want might have been in it however nonetheless, we’ll take these factors and maintain pushing.
“I couldn’t battle for third as a result of the engine was overheating so I needed to again off and sit behind, however we bagged as many factors we might as a group and that’s nice.”