There appears to be no rest Formula 1, the summer ‘break’ is a misnomer for some according to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff who revealed that while some at the factory have been toiling hard all along.
In his preview of the forthcoming Belgian Grand Prix, Wolff said, “It’s great to come back from the summer break knowing that part of the team was still pushing flat out and we are grateful to our colleagues who kept the ball rolling while we were out of office.
“Our team members in Brixworth worked straight through the F1 summer break to improve the performance and reliability of our Power Unit; in Brackley, we used the relatively quiet days to do some work on our factory.
“Summer shutdown was a welcome break after some very busy weeks in July and early August, but now we’re excited to go racing again. While the majority of our colleagues in Brackley had the chance to recharge their batteries for the second half of the season, other team members were carrying the baton over the past weeks.
While most acknowledge both championships are virtually done and dusted, only a major slump by the World Champions coupled to a massive resurgence by one of their rivals for Lewis Hamilton to be stopped from nabbing the championship for a six time and the Silver Arrows making it a dozen constrcutors; titles in six years.
Wolff was typically wary of a surprise in the second half, “We’re leading in both championships, but it doesn’t feel that way. In the last few years, we saw teams perform very strongly after the summer shutdown, so we know we need to keep pushing.
“In that respect, we’re approaching the start to the second half of 2019 more like the start to a completely new season – once again we need to make sure that we leave no room for error and keep raising the bar.
“We’re very excited for the upcoming months with historic races like Belgium and Italy followed by the Singapore night race and many other fantastic events. The next stop takes us to Spa, one of the most iconic circuits on the calendar.
“Finding the right set-up is tricky because the track has a challenging mix of long straights, a wide range of corner speeds and also considerable elevation changes.
“The weather can also be somewhat unpredictable in the Ardennes which can make the sessions very interesting. We’re looking forward to the fight,” added the Mercedes team principal.
Big Question: Have Mercedes anything to fear ahead of the second half?