Mercedes Boss Makes Frustrated Confession Amid Unpredictable F1 Struggles

Published 08/13/2022, 6:40 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 12: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff walks in the Paddock before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

For Toto Wolff, his Mercedes Journey started with the Turbo hybrid era. This era has been of the Silver Arrows, with the team winning 8 consecutive Constructor World Championships in the past years. But with the 2022 F1 season, came a revised set of regulations.

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This time around, Mercedes did not come up firing from all cylinders at the start of the season. During the testing, Seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton clearly said“We won’t be fighting for wins at the moment”.

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Although most teams on the grid thought it to be another bit of famous Mercedes Sandbagging. Come the opening race, Toto Wolff’s biggest fears came true. The W13 was clearly not on the same level as the Red Bull and Ferrari.

“The start of the season was not good, there is no other way to describe it,” said team boss Toto Wolff.

“If you win the championship in December and four months later don’t compete with the guys up front, it’s frustrating.”

“We’ve had a real rollercoaster since then,” Wolff continues.

We’ve been on the podium almost every race. We are strong on Sunday, but we were never really there in qualifying. The gap was simply too big.”

The season as it progressed did have some silver lining though with the car being ever so reliable and the Mercedes duo putting up strong performances.

Mercedes Duo of Hamilton and Russell impresses Toto Wolff

With the performance Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have given the last few races, Wolff would be mightily impressed. Although there have been testing times for the team, the car has shined in one aspect, that it is reliable.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 21, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and George Russell ahead of qualifying REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Mercedes has had one of the lowest numbers of DNFs this season, which has only helped both Russell and Hamilton to consistently finish in the top five.

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“I think you are seeing a seven-time world champion [Hamilton] in a car that is not good enough for a World Championship at the moment,said Wolff, ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“He’s just pushing very hard and maximizing what’s in the car and a faultless delivery. Clearly both of them are outperforming the car at the moment.”

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Mercedes would target the second spot in the championship. Wolff would be surely happy if the team is able to achieve that result.

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Aditya Pandit

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Aditya Pandit is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Although he has done his undergrad in business from St Xavier's College, his love for sports has always encouraged him to take up different challenges along the way. In the past, he has worked with Indian Sports News and from time to time he also writes for his personal blog, 'Let's Talk Sports'.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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