Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes his Silver Arrows are getting closer to their first win in 2022 and need to keep their momentum intact.
After dominating the sport for the better part of a decade, Mercedes have struggled to hit the same height under the new regulations that were brought in at the start of the year.
The Silver Arrows have gone through a period of trial and error this season to sort out their issues with porpoising and are yet to unlock the true potential of the W13. Despite these shortcomings, their reliability and the consistency of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton have helped them keep up with Ferrari in the World Constructors’ Championship standings.
As we approach the 2022 F1 Belgian GP after the summer break, Toto Wolff feels they can get even better in the final nine races of the season. In an interview with F1.com, the Austrian said:
The 50-year-old also reiterated the importance of having a summer break to decompress before returning recharged for the remainder of the campaign. Wolff went on to add:
Mercedes are expected to run a special edition livery to celebrate 55 years of their partnership with AMG. The livery will supposedly pay homage to the Mercedes 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, famously known as the Rote Sau or ‘Red Pig’ in German, which won the 1971 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
Lewis Hamilton stressed Mercedes’ need to find more performance if they want to catch Red Bull and Ferrari in the final nine races of 2022.
Engineers at Brackley and Brixworth thus far have not been able to deliver the level of performance that Red Bull and Ferrari have had this season. Mercedes, however, are the most reliable team on the grid with zero DNFs due to mechanical failures in the 13 races so far this season.
This has allowed both Hamilton and his teammate George Russell to steadily pick up points and podiums whenever Ferrari and Red Bull have fallen off.
The seven-time world champion feels Mercedes must bring pace and performance to the already reliable package. In an interview with former teammate Heikki Kovalainen on Viaplay, the Briton compared his situation to 2009, when McLaren were left scratching their heads with the MP4-24. He said:
Hamilton went on to add:
Mercedes have 11 podium finishes this season, the same as Ferrari, but are still searching for their first win of the season. The Silver Arrows are currently P3 in the World Constructors’ Championship standings with 304 points after 13 rounds of racing.
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