Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff did not think it was doable to end guiding Ferrari and Pink Bull for the French Grand Prix.
The team arrived at Paul Ricard expecting his smooth pitch and quickly corners to accommodate them. But even with improvements to the W13, the group has slowed down given that the begin of the weekend.
Lewis Hamilton concluded fourth, almost eight-tenths of a 2nd at the rear of pole-winner Charles Leclerc. George Russell was two tenths of a 2nd behind the other Mercedes.
“If you had explained to me that we were being ending [there] I reported that’s extremely hard,” Wolff claimed. “So this is a little bit of a slap in the face.”
Right after encouraging weekends at Silverstone and the Crimson Bull Ring, Mercedes’ kind has occur as a distinct shock, he reported.
“Gradually but absolutely there have been great indicators at Silverstone, finding back to the front runners,” Wolff explained to media including RaceFans these days. “Then we went to Austria, where normally we are not aggressive and why not, but we were shut. It can be a a person-moment circuit and we were a few-tenths, so which is suitable.
“Then we brought a pretty fantastic update package deal for Paul Ricard, the monitor is sleek, we go, save them. And increase, no overall performance. Like, no efficiency and we are not able to determine out what is actually mistaken.
The group created a number of set-up variations in an exertion to make feeling of their absence of pace.
“Practically the big just one we have – we analyzed it with the rear wings – like Lewis pulled the parachute at the rear of him this morning – to a scaled-down variation that tends to make us reduce way too significantly pace in the corners. Then we analyzed the tire temperature.
Wolff admits he is at a reduction to describe some of the drastic general performance adjustments the workforce has skilled.
We are seeking at currently being a single of the best in the sector, likely from getting completely uncompetitive in one particular sector in one particular period to getting 2nd in Q3. [From] Unmatched in sector a person, fearsome, ought to be the swiftest at the end of sector a single and reverse in the last sector.
“So no matter whether it truly is wind-broken or tire-dependent, a little something is taking place that won’t work with our auto. The car is on the edge and there is a terrific distinction between Hero and Zero that we simply cannot fathom and recognize.
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