Mercedes had a tough weekend ahead of their race at the Turkish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton started the race at P6 and won the race. However, Valtteri Bottas spun six times under tough conditions and finished outside points.
The newly refurbished track at the Istanbul Park had cars struggling for grip under tough weather conditions. The tarmac was old, and the track wanted to be ready with a new image and refurbished to keep it in good condition.
However, the result was not favorable. Mercedes F1’s social media team reached out to the Bahrain circuit and hilariously warned them about refurbishing the track for the next two races starting this weekend.
The construction of the Bahrain track began in November 2002 and held its first-ever Formula 1 race in 2014. The track also contains five different layouts within one circuit. The venue will feature two of the last three races of the season.
The Bahrain International Circuit welcomed back Mercedes and assured them that they are quite happy with their Welsh granite. Welsh granite is used for track surfaces because of its excellent adhesive qualities.
The constructor and driver championships have already been decided this season. Lewis Hamilton won his seventh title at the Turkish Grand Prix weekend, and Mercedes claimed their seventh consecutive championship title at Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
However, the mid-field battle in the driver and constructor championship is very intense. The driver standing has only four points between Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc and Daniel Ricciardo. On the other hand, only 24 points separate Racing Point, McLaren, Renault, and Ferrari on the constructor Standings.
Toto Wolff clarified ahead of this weekend that even though championships are decided, they will look forward to scoring maximum points. He said, “we’re still going to give it our best shot and we will be following the intense battle for P3 in the championship with interest.”
Max Verstappen has consistently split the Silver Arrows all season. Currently, he is 27 points behind Valtteri Bottas. The Dutch will focus on beating Bottas and finishing the season at P2, between both the Mercedes drivers.