Wolff: It’s a small upgrade but I think we see good data

epa09322191 Toto Wolff, team principal and co-owner of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, before the start of the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, 04 July 2021. EPA-EFE/Christian Bruna / POOL

Toto Wolff did not appear overly concerned by the margin Max Verstappen enjoyed over the Mercedes drivers during FP1 for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Dutchman was 0.780 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton, who finished third, while Valtteri Bottas was 0.862 seconds back.

Verstappen has won the last three Grands Prix and holds a 32-point advantage over Hamilton at the top of the standings.

However, things appeared slightly more positive for Mercedes heading into the weekend, with the team confirming on arrival that they had brought some promising upgrades.

Speaking after the first part of an unusual weekend, which includes the first ever Sprint Qualifying session, Wolff suggested that the data generated in FP1 was not as concerning as the headline times.

“It’s a small upgrade but I think we see good data,” he told Sky Sports F1.

“It’s not going to change the pecking order upside down but it’s important to go for every tenth.

“Red Bull have been ahead in the last races, they have achieved good upgrades and they are clearly the ones to beat.”

Qualifying has been shifted to Friday to accommodate Sprint Qualifying and gets underway at 18:00 local time.