Thanks to poor developments on its W13, Mercedes F1 has taken a very important step forward in Barcelona in terms of performance, to the point that many observers now see the German team in a position to fight for the title against Red Bull and Ferrari. Porpoising has been greatly reduced, although not yet completely resolved.
Toto Wolff was still a satisfied team boss after George Russell’s podium and Lewis Hamilton’s very good comeback. The Austrian is pleased with the progress shown by his team and pays tribute to his two drivers.
“We had an exciting Spanish Grand Prix and we were encouraged by the result. We are constantly learning from this car and improving it, and in Barcelona we took a step in the right direction.”
“It was fantastic to see George fight back against Red Bull and get a deserved podium, while Lewis came back in very impressive fashion from 19th to 5th place.”
Now it’s time for the Monaco Grand Prix. The race already promises to be very demanding with these new F1 cars, and Wolff hopes that his team will not suffer too much in the slower areas of the track.
“The next race is already here. Nothing can beat the glitz of Monaco, and it’s always a joy to see the drivers there pushing their cars to the limit in those tight streets.”
“It’s a unique and demanding track, and you need a very high level of concentration during each lap covered. Monaco has not always smiled on us, and the slow corners have not been our strength this season as we have been. “We saw in Barcelona. But we also saw that anything could happen this year and we want to maximize every opportunity.”