‘We haven’t had this situation before’ – Wolff says Mercedes in ‘no man’s land’ after Miami Grand Prix


Toto Wolff departed Miami with a “dull” sensation, despite the fact that both of his drivers won points; the Mercedes Team Principal stated that his team needs to “dissect” their pace drop-off from Friday to Sunday.

George Russell finished second in FP1 behind championship leader Charles Leclerc, then won FP2 clear off the championship leader. However, the newcomer lost confidence in qualifying due to profuse porpoising and a lack of balance, qualifying 12th on Sunday before rebounding to P5 thanks to a self-admitted “fluke” late pit stop.

Despite the fact that Russell was supported by Lewis Hamilton in sixth place, Wolff claimed


“At the end of the day there is no happy or not happy moment; at the moment it’s a bit dull. We are third-quickest on the road – in a way in no man’s land. We had a good Friday, we need to dissect why that was, and then come back.

“We will be looking at all the data that we have generated, and try to find out why… we had really good sessions on Friday, we had a quick lap – and dissect why that is, because we are not on top of it at the moment.”

Wolff was completely honest about Mercedes’ current condition, despite his efforts to avoid making “headlines” with his post-Miami statements. While he supported the Silver Arrows’ W13 concept, Wolff stated that the squad is still in new and unknown area as it attempts to regain performance.


“We’ve been straight from the beginning, flying in the fog a little bit. It’s clear there is potential in the car and she’s fast. But we just don’t understand how to unlock the potential. It’s probably a car that is super difficult to drive, on the edge, dipping in and out of the performance window; more out than in.

“And dissecting the data with a scalpel is just a painful process, because it takes very long and as a matter of fact, the data sometimes doesn’t show what the drivers tell us and they have their hands full with a car that is just not at all nice to drive, or comfortable to drive, or predictable to drive. But the data don’t show these big swings.

“We haven’t had this situation before in any of the years, where it just didn’t correlate at all with what we see on our screens, with what the driver feels and that’s making it even more difficult.”

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Looking forward to Spain, Wolff said the Grand Prix on May 22 would serve as an effective testing session for the team’s latest upgrades, which they brought to Miami in an attempt to find some performance.

“We need to give our people the benefit of the doubt who have produced great race cars, we believe this is the route to go, but Barcelona is definitely going to be a point in time where we are able to correlate with what we have seen in February [in pre-season testing at the track], and gather more data.

“I’m also annoyed by saying the same things a lot, gathering data and making experiments but physics are not mystics and therefore you have to unpick the bones.”



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