Toto Wolff, the Mercedes staff supervisor, hopes that the Paul Ricard observe – which is extra standard than the final two metropolis circuits visited in Monaco and Baku – will enable his drivers to profit from the W12 this weekend in Grand Prix of France.
In the final two rounds of the season, Mercedes suffered quite a bit with a seventh place for Lewis Hamilton at the Monaco Grand Prix as the perfect consequence (retirement for Bottas in Monaco and the two drivers had been out of the highest ten in Baku).
By arriving in France, Mercedes subsequently hopes that the issues encountered on these two city circuits can have disappeared on a Paul Ricard observe which presents very totally different challenges to the groups.
” We come out of two street circuits that were unsuitable for our car, two circuits that we knew would be difficult for us, and we were disappointed to lose a podium and a win because of our own mistakes.” explains Toto Wolff, director of the Mercedes staff.
” This frustration reflects the high standards we hold ourselves to, and it is what drives us to move forward.”
” In Monaco and Baku we put the W12 in a window where only one of our drivers found the confidence to unlock the performance of the car – Valtteri in Monaco and Lewis in Baku. In such a tight and intense title fight, we need to deliver a car in every race that our two drivers can confidently push to its limits. “
” The French Grand Prix means a return to a more traditional circuit and hopefully better fortune for us. It's a track we've done well on in the past and, with a wide range of cornering speeds that will test the car in every aspect, it's an interesting challenge to overcome.”
” We are down to six races in the season and there is still a long way to go. We're very close up front and we don't expect that to change anytime soon. We will be looking to turn what we have learned from the last few weeks into performance and deliver a much stronger weekend with both cars. “
French GP presentation