Mercedes chief Toto Wolff did not mince his words after watching his drivers get comprehensively trounced in the Canadian Grand Prix by Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.
The German dominated the race in Montreal on his way to victory, leaving Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in his dust. The Silver Arrows simply did not have the answers at a venue where they, and their star driver Hamilton, are seldom beaten.
In an interview with ORF after the race, in which Bottas finished second and Hamilton fifth, Wolff was asked if there were any positives to be taken from the afternoon at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, “Not at all. It is a shit result for us.”
“I have to put it like that. It is a strong track for us, but all weekend long we did little mistakes, from the beginning on. The only feeling I have is that we have to wake up.”
“We fall behind in every aspect. This is a track where we should have maximised points. It was not about performing damage limitation. We will look at that internally,” added Wolff.
After seven rounds, Hamilton trails Vettel by a single point in the drivers’ standings, while in the constructors’ championship Mercedes lead Ferrari by 17 points.