Mercedes faltered in Canada last time out, the reigning world champions failed to find the sweet spot in Montreal and watched Sebastian Vettel take the win and go top of the points table, according to Mercedes chief Toto Wolff his team know what caused the dip in form relative to their rivals.
Wolff said in his preview of the French Grand Prix, “The weekend in Canada didn’t meet our expectations. In the past, Montreal was a track where we were fighting for the win, but this year we lacked the performance on Saturday and Sunday.”
“We analysed the weekend and understand why we didn’t do better, but that doesn’t change the fact that we left points on the table.
“This season’s battle is intense and we need to be on top of our game every weekend to win races and to fight for this championship. We are facing an exciting challenge this year and we will give it everything.”
“This team has shown in the past that it is capable of overcoming obstacles and we are working hard to overcome this one as well.”
“France should be an interesting race. We don’t often get to race on a track where we have little to no historical data. It makes preparing for the weekend a bit trickier than usual, but that element of the unknown also adds to the challenge.”
“The French Grand Prix marks the first race of the triple header, which will test all F1 teams to their limits, but also offers the chance to score a lot of points over the course of three weeks – which is precisely what we’re setting out to do,” declared Wolff in closing.
Circuit Paul Ricard is back on the @F1 calendar for the first time since 1990!
But do you know your way around the fast, sweeping layout? 🤔
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) June 19, 2018