Mercedes has starred in a season full of ups and downs, which have made them weaker in times that it has taken advantage of to the perfection Scuderia Ferrari to draw slice.
Sebastian Vettel took the victory in the Australian Grand Prix, an appointment opening that was marked by the fact that Hamilton could not beat Max Verstappen and, therefore, the German came out ahead of this after your step-by-pit. Bahrain marked the second victory for Vettel, although the performance of both W08 in the Monaco GP ratified that the single-seater of the Brackley behaves ‘like a diva’.
“We have reached the halfway point of the season 2017 and the two championships are very evenly matched for the moment”, ” says Toto Wolff, before heading to the Hungaroring. “We have a small advantage in the constructors ‘ world and we’re slightly behind the pilots, but it is not something important at this point, there are no prizes for the winners at the half of championship”.
The time to worry about the points will come later
Wolff ensures that, from the computer, prefer to go “weekend to weekend”, concern for the this without be fixated with the future, because “the time to worry about the points will come later”. In addition, he emphasized that the good atmosphere in the factory makes it easier to show an optimistic face to the rest of the year.
“From the first tests it was clear that we would have to fight with Ferrari,”. The resurgence of the italians was truncated last season; in Maranello were convinced that they would be at the front, fighting for everything, but finally succumbed to a powerful Mercedes. However, this year they have made less comments about the improvements to implement, and 2017 is a sample of the ‘Prancing horse’ is back. “it Was a start of the year, very moved, because we do not find the timing appropriate to operate our single-seater”.
the streets of The Principality showed that the commanded by Wolff did not understand the behavior of the tire as well as at Ferrari. However, as “you learn more from your defeats than your victories”, in the words of the austrian, the current leaders of the championship teams worked in Brackley tirelessly to find the solution to their problems.
After the GP of Great Britain, Lewis is only 1 point of Vettel in the world.
A Hamilton unstoppable
The maximum responsible of the arrows to silver, it praises the work of its two pilots, highlighting the incredible talent of Lewis Hamilton and on the weekend it was so bright it was awarded at Silverstone. The british accumulates 67 pole positions, so only a match the all-time record of Michael Schumacher with 68. In Baku surpassed his idol Ayrton Senna, while in the GP of Canada was successfully matched, which is why the family of the brazilian decided to gift you with a replica of the helmet your champion favorite.
The #44 has managed to materialize three of the five poles that has been achieved at the Hungaroring, with a fifth in 2008 and sixth place in 2015 after exiting from the drawer front of the grill, but instead has added two other victories in 2009 and the last the last year.
Valtteri has proved to be the perfect companion for Hamilton at Mercedes.
Bottas improves on moments
On the other side of the box, Toto Wolff highlights the “natural talent” Valtteri Bottas, as well as your work and approach so characteristic that shows the finn in Formula 1. “embarked on the challenge of changing team and now we are beginning to see its true potential. I have the impression that it is improving every weekend, and is already a pilot is more complete than when you started the season”.
Bottas showedomething unsafe to lose the first position from the that started in the lands bahraini, but redeemed himself just a race later, getting the the first victory of his career in the GP of Russia and go third party. At the Red Bull Ring took advantage of you again for the opportunity that gave him his team-mate to receive a penalty of five positions to replace the gearbox, and came out of Austria with the triumph under the arm. The representative of Mercedes expects its performance to be even better at the end of the season in force.
At Mercedes we are not satisfied with what we have, we have to do our job once more
“We have to do our work once more, starting in the first free practice sessions”, reflects Wolff, already thinking of the Hungarian Grand Prix. “At Mercedes we are not satisfied with what we have, and we are determined to do what we need to do”.