Lewis Hamilton delivered an outstanding performance both in the United States and Mexico. Securing a second-place finish in both races, he has instilled confidence in the trajectory of the Mercedes car. Despite acknowledging signs of improvement, Hamilton still maintains that piloting the Mercedes vehicle remains a formidable challenge, demanding significant exertion.
Toto Wolff has now shared insights from his conversation with Lewis about the car's performance.
“I think we have seen that it is providing more downforce, more drivability, the car is a little bit less tricky,” Wolff said.
“Still, the genes are there. Lewis said to me yesterday ‘she’s still so difficult to drive, although she’s faster.’ So I think for us, it was important to see whether, directionally, we were going in the right direction also for next year, and it seems to be on the right path.
Because you must not forget the car that we’ve designed didn’t have that air flow, these sidepods, leading edges, then all the Christmas decorations we have designed for what we have now. So hopefully that can be a step next year”.
Sao Paulo Grand Prix
The Sao Paulo Grand Prix will be an interesting challenge for Mercedes. Toto Wolff, on the other hand, does not want to be too optimistic, regardless of the fact that they won the same race last year.
It is still unknown how much Mercedes can really do in the next race. “The longer you have the upgrade on the car and you correlate data, the better you’re going to be able to tune it,” Wolff added. Now I don’t want to set the expectations too high with Brazil because last year, it came a little bit as a surprise that we dominated that weekend." Crucially, Hamilton's team is infused with optimism and faith in their ability to achieve remarkable results in Sao Paulo.
“So I think we have to go there knowing we have a good car and if we put all the ducks in a row then I think we can have a very strong weekend. Whether it’s good enough to beat Max [Verstappen]…their package, driver, car, power unit is just very, very complete at the moment." Source: Crash.net