Wolff issues worrying assessment as Mercedes’ struggles get worse

Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton have been unable to make any progress from their lowly grid positions within the Imola Dash race.

					Wolff issues worrying assessment as Mercedes' struggles get worse

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has described the crew’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend as a “full write-off” after one other difficult day at Imola.

George Russell and Lewis Hamilton have been each knocked out within the second qualifying section on Friday, and the pair couldn’t make any progress in Saturday’s Dash, with Russell remaining eleventh and Hamilton dropping again to 14th.

It got here after Wolff described the W13 – which continues to endure from excessive porpoising – as “undriveable” in its present specification.

Wolff: Mercedes' weekend at Imola a whole write-off

With Mercedes’ weekend – and season – solely getting worse, Wolff didn’t maintain again when talking to the media.

“I feel factors scoring must be the minimal, however this isn’t the place we set our expectations, and due to this fact this weekend is a whole write-off,” Wolff advised members of the press, together with RacingNews365.com.

“You’ll be able to say, ‘Properly, we’re making an attempt to study’, however we weren’t nice at tyre warm-up, that is why there’s not loads that may be [done].

“There isn’t any miracle that you may count on on the race begin, as a result of overtaking is so troublesome. We are able to make up positions, we have proven it right now, however not shortly sufficient.

“Past the truth that we’re studying, it is one other a humbling expertise.”

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Hamilton conceded after the Dash that he and Mercedes are probably out of the combat for this 12 months’s world titles, regardless of there being 19 extra race weekends.

Wolff, having himself put Mercedes’ championship probabilities at round 20 per cent heading to Imola, agreed together with his driver’s feedback.

“We’re 4 races in and doubtless right now marks the low [point] of those first 4 races,” mentioned Wolff.

“It is apparent that we aren’t anyplace close to the combat on the entrance and it will be fairly unrealistic to assert to have a slot among the many front-runners for preventing for the championship.”

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					Wolff issues worrying assessment as Mercedes' struggles get worse

					Wolff issues worrying assessment as Mercedes' struggles get worse

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