Sport Mercedes 'problems not solved' says Toto Wolff urging caution ahead of Baku F1 race

15:46  19 june  2017
15:46  19 june  2017 Source:

Hembery adamant Vettel didn't benefit from extra testing

  Hembery adamant Vettel didn't benefit from extra testing Pirelli Motorsport chief Paul Hembery has rubbished suggestions Sebastian Vettel’s and Ferrari’s surge in performance is down to the extra tyre development testing they carried out last year. Vettel took part in a number of tests in a bid to help the tyre supplier develop their wider 2017 tyres, as part of the new regulations enforced for this season. The German was believed to have accumulated over 2000 kilometres, compared to Mercedes, who did just 250. Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff admitted the lack of running his drivers conducted may have been a mistake, however, Hembery is certain Vettel has no advantage over the reigning world champions. “Yes, Sebastian did a lot of testing,” he told the Official Formula 1 website. “It was very intense and he gave us a lot of feedback. We thank him for that. That is what we wanted: the top drivers giving us good feedback. “But because he didn’t really know what he was testing – he was blind-testing – it might have helped him psychologically, but I doubt it helped practically.” One of Ferrari’s main strengths this year has been their ability to get temperature into the Pirelli tyres quicker than their rivals, as demonstrated in Monaco where they finished one-two. On the other hand, this is an area Mercedes has struggled in at various circuits, despite this, Hembery believes the Brackley-based outfit will rectify these problems as the year progresses. “Actually Mercedes’ issue is linked a bit to certain circuits: in Barcelona they were fine – and in Silverstone and Spa they will be as well,” he added. “It’s the lower-grip circuits where they’ve had a few more problems, but I am sure they will resolve any issues as we go through the season.

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Toto Wolff has warned against taking the upcoming Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku for granted after Mercedes recorded a dominant one-two finish in Canadalast weekend (11 June).

The Mercedes team came into the Canadian race with uncertainty surrounding the performance of their car owing to their struggles at the Monaco Grand Prix where the best placed Silver Arrows car was Valtteri Bottas in fourth, while Lewis Hamilton could only manage seventh place after starting the race in 13th place.

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The reigning world champions struggled in the streets of Monte Carlo and Ferrari's strong showing – they recorded a one-two finish - in the Principality made them favourites coming into the race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Mercedes, however, turned it around and with Hamilton breaking the tract record on the way to pole position on Saturday and then the Briton controlled the race on Sunday to cruise to his third win of the season.

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Toto Wolff urges Lewis Hamilton to stop whining ahead of F 1 title battle with Nico Rosberg. "It's like a volcano about to erupt between the two of them with the two very different personalities," said Wolff . "In the last couple of races we've had a serene atmosphere in the team that was really amazing.

Wolff revealed that the team worked flat out after the disappointment of Monaco to rectify the issues and all the departments came together to analyse the data as they left no stone unturned to identify the problems. But while they seem to have addressed the issues at the Canadian Grand Prix, the Mercedes chief indicated that all the problems are not yet solved and urged his team to remain cautious ahead of the race in Baku on Sunday (25 June).

"After Monaco we pretty quickly understood why the Sunday was as it was. But we also needed to understand the Friday and Saturday - and that was a bit more tricky. So a group of engineers came together to calmly assess what happened," Wolff told Formula One's official site.

"Since Monaco there was light in the factory 24/7, the simulator was 24/7 ten days in a row. There is no golden bullet in this sport - it is all about analysing the data and drawing the right conclusions from it. No stone was left unturned: aero, mechanical balance, set-up work, the tyres themselves; and the way the drivers drove the car. Everything!

"Monaco looked pretty grim, but we didn't dive into depression – and Montreal now looks pretty great – but I would not say right now that all problems are solved. We understand the situation much better – and this means another valuable set of data points – but now we have to move to Baku," the Mercedes motorsport boss added.

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Williams rookie Lance Stroll turned around his fortunes after a frantic Azerbaijan Grand Prix gave him the opportunity to claim his maiden podium in Formula 1. Throughout the whole weekend, Stroll managed to stay composed, fast and crucially out of the barrier around the Baku circuit. As other drivers were dropping out of contention at a rapid rate, the young Canadian kept his nose clean to clinch the best result for himself and the team so far this season. The 18-year old ran in second in the latter part of the race, however, once Valtteri Bottas got past Esteban Ocon into third place, the Finn quickly ramped up the pace to hunt Stroll down. It looked touch and go as to whether Bottas would catch Stroll in the dying laps, but the superior pace of the Mercedes allowed Bottas to pass the Williams just before the finish line. “I’m just lost for words right now,” said Stroll. “It was such a hectic race and so much happened, but the team kept me cool on the radio, the pace was good, we took it to the end and stayed out of trouble. “I can’t quite believe what’s just happened. We just lost out to Valtteri at the end there in one of the closest finishes of all time going side-by-side across the finish line. “Coming into this weekend I never thought I would be standing on the podium. It’s an amazing feeling and, for me, a dream come true. “However, what happened today was a team effort and I can’t thank everyone enough for making this happen.


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