Red Bull May be ‘Two Seconds’ Behind Mercedes F1 Next Year: Toto Wolff

Published 06/28/2021, 4:58 AM EDT
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 04: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in a press conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by XPB/Pool via Getty Images)


Mercedes lost the Styrian Grand Prix this past weekend, as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen bagged a back-to-back win. Hence, Lewis Hamilton has urged his Brackley-based colleagues to bring in upgrades to improve the car, so that they can catch up with their rivals from Milton-Keynes.

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However, team principal, Toto Wolff is of a different opinion; he feels that the cost that comes with introducing upgrades this year is not worth it. In fact, he believes that Red Bull won’t bring in further developments either, because if they do, they will end up compromising their 2022 campaign.

Toto Wolff predicts Red Bull will be slower if they further develop their car

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As quoted by Auto Motor Und Sport, Wolff said, “We talked to the drivers about it and found a rational approach. Possible upgrades would not bring us as much now as they would cost us next year.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“Red Bull will not bring new parts until September either, otherwise, they will be two seconds behind next year be,” Wolff concluded. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Will Mercedes bounce back for round two at the Red Bull Ring?

The 7-time constructor’s champion have gone two races without a win, one at the French GP and now at the Styrian GP. Their rivals, Red Bull, on the other hand, have emerged victorious at those two venues.

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

The Silver Arrows currently sit in second place in the standings with 212 points, behind the Raging Bulls, who have 252 under their belt. After tasting defeat at the hands of Verstappen, the Brackley-based team will be hoping to learn from their mistakes and make a comeback for the next race in Austria.

Wolff & Co will throw everything they have at the Milton-Keynes-based outfit as they prepare for another battle on the latter’s home turf. Lewis Hamilton & Valtteri Bottas will push their W12s to the limit and aim to score maximum points with the hope of bridging the forty-point gap to the leaders of the championship.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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