Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff does not want to be too optimistic after Mercedes has solved some big problems. “It's funny that both teams keep having their cars stop,” he said, as quoted by motorsport. “But you can't be complacent about that because it can swing in the other direction very quickly.
“We're happy about our reliability. Last year, when we look at how we went with the engine, we had the other phenomenon [and lots of problems]. That's why I don't want to get too excited too soon." Mattia Binotto spoke about realiability “Reliability is certainly important, as important as the performance, but I don't think will be the only factor,” he said after the Canadian Grand Prix.
“I think development from now until the end of the season is another one, as is the budget gap, and then reliability finally”. Binotto has revealed the problems they have and is aware that it will not be easy until the very end.
“The power unit is a completely new design compared to the past, and the problem is because it's certainly a young project,” he said. “On top of that, there are limitations on the dynos which were not there in the past, so you cannot run much on the dyno.
We are limited, which means the exercise is more complicated”.
Lewis Hamilton on his season
Lewis Hamilton also spoke about his team’s experimentation. “Moving forward, I think we'll be a little bit more cautious on doing too many experiments as it really does hinder you through the weekend, especially if you only have practice one and two in the dry and don't get a FP3, for example,” Hamilton said after the race in Canada.
“There are lots of learnings from this weekend and improvements that we can make moving forwards. “But you know, [there was] really great pace on Sunday, and it's so nice to see, it’s not always been the case I've had with this car so it's nice to have a bit of a good battle with her today - her or him, whatever you call a car”.
Hamilton is certainly frustrated by the slightly weaker results and wants to be in the race with the big names. “I just want to be in a battle with these guys,” Hamilton said, referring to fellow podium finishers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.
“At the end there when the safety car came in and we started again, the dream was if I can keep in that battle with them and find a way, but they were rapid. But we will get there eventually”.