Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff says he is hoping that the Silver Arrows can make a “step forward” at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Wolff’s drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finished third and fourth respectively in last weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Wolff called the points scored “solid,” before adding: “We benefited from the misfortune of others, but reliability is an important factor in Formula One and there’s no shortage of hard work at Brackley and Brixworth behind getting both cars to the finish line.”
Mercedes struggled quite alarmingly with the “bouncing” as the venturi tunnels beneath the car generated downforce, but the stiffly sprung W13 became a very harsh ride, causing star driver Lewis Hamilton, who won the last race in Canada back in 2019, to suffer significant back pain during the race.
Canada’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve may allow the same issues to occur again for Mercedes as they seek to close the gap on the top two teams in 2022, Red Bull and Ferrari.
Wolff said his team in Brackley and Brixworth were working “flat out” to close the performance gap and spoke of the “fight” within the team to get the best possible results with the tools they had.
The 50-year-old declared: “That spirit will bring back competing at the front.”
Mercedes are third in the constructors’ championship despite, what Wolff described as an “underperforming car”, 38-points behind Ferrari, who have won two races this season.
George Russell, who has finished every race in the top five places has 99-points and leads his team mate Lewis Hamilton, by 37-points.