Toto Wolff has revealed he takes a peculiar pleasure in Mercedes’ struggles – though it additionally makes you “need to strangle your self”.
Mercedes are within the uncommon place for them of striving desperately to enhance their automobile to get it again on the tempo, which this season is being set by Ferrari and Purple Bull.
Going into the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, solely the fourth race of the marketing campaign, the eight-time consecutive Constructors’ World Champions have been already 39 factors adrift of leaders Ferrari – and solely forward of Purple Bull on account of their larger reliability to this point.
It’s a problem Wolff, as workforce principal, is unaccustomed to – however one he “enjoys” in an odd means regardless of the apparent anguish the state of affairs causes.
The Austrian was talking after FP1 at Imola the place, though the circuit was moist and due to this fact magnified the disparities, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton have been 4.8 and seven.0 seconds respectively adrift of World Championship chief Charles Leclerc.
“I like getting it flawed as a result of which means you study a lot extra and clearly it’s painful while you’re within the second – actually once I see our automobile pounding round 5 seconds off the tempo you need to strangle your self,” stated Wolff throughout an interview on Sky F1.
“As a matter of reality I benefit from the problem. I take pleasure in it being dangerous as a result of over the long term of the rules we’re going to be good.”
One of many massive points for Mercedes has been the ‘porpoising’, the bouncing impact that has turn out to be a noticeable characteristic of Components 1 this yr with the brand new automobiles designed for the much-changed rules.
The World Champions have made their automobile lighter however Wolff is not sure whether or not that alleviates or worsens the bouncing problem, which additionally has a bodily impact on the drivers.
“We’ve taken some weight out,” stated Wolff. “We don’t know whether or not taking the load out truly will increase the ‘porpoising’, so it’s actually exploring on the job.
“In no way how we’ve got performed Components 1 earlier than, but it surely’s our personal doing.”
Wolff additionally admitted the drivers have been having to elevate off the accelerator alongside the straights in FP1 at Imola, when the difficulty appeared significantly troubling.
“We had George bouncing a lot he broke the keep on the ground. We’ve got to elevate on the straights,” defined the workforce boss.
“I’ve by no means skilled bouncing like this in my life. It’s undriveable.”