In an effort to boost its performance and reverse its recent underperformance, Mercedes is motivated to chase “every point, every position, and every millisecond,” according to team principal Toto Wolff.
In a preview of the Saudi Arabian GP, Wolff said that Mercedes crews were tackling the team’s problems with an abundance of drive and determination, with significant updates in the pipeline targeted to be introduced at Imola.
Beginning this weekend in Saudi Arabia where Jeddah’s softer track surface may better suit their troublesome black arrow, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will need to make the most of their current-spec vehicles in the interim.
“Our performance in Bahrain wasn’t where we want it to be,” said Wolff. “But this is the position we find ourselves in and it is already full steam ahead on the car, understanding it and working to get it in a better place. That’s an exciting challenge for all of us.”
The Mercedes team principal refrained from forecasting how Mercedes would do in Jeddah, but the team will approach the weekend head-on and hope that racing’s ambiguities will be to its advantage.
“Anything can happen in motor racing, so we’ll be working in Jeddah to maximise every part of our performance, chasing every point, every position, and every millisecond,” he said.
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“We are bringing some small developments to the car: they won’t be game changers, but they can start moving us in the right direction. And we’ll be pushing as hard as we can to create opportunities, and hopefully will give us a better account of ourselves than in Bahrain.”
Wolff further explained that the team is also focusing its development in the longer term to determine how they can get to the front. “I’ve already felt the energy and determination in the factory and know that will continue moving forward,” he concluded.