Toto Wolff admitted ahead of this weekend’s 2022 British Grand Prix that Mercedes still have a mountain to climb despite bagging five podiums so far.
The eight-time Constructors’ Champions’ fifth podium came courtesy of seven-time Formula 1 Champion, Lewis Hamilton’s third place at the Canadian Grand Prix, but heading to their home race in Silverstone, the team are realistic about their chances.
“Canada was our fifth podium of the season, and we were happy to collect solid points,” Toto Wolff said in his team’s preview of the British Grand Prix.
“While we can be pleased with the flashes of speed that the W13 showed, there’s still a mountain to climb,” he admitted. “A lot of work is needed to get to the front, but we have a clearer direction now.
“We’re focused on finding more and more performance as the season progresses,” the Mercedes boss insisted.
Silverstone a highlight of the year
Looking ahead he added: “Silverstone is next, and it’s always a highlight of the year. The fans are so passionate and knowledgeable.
“It’s also our local event, with Brackley and Brixworth close by,” Wolff continued. “Our team members will be trackside on Friday watching from the stands and seeing the results of their hard work in action, which is incredibly exciting!
“We know the top two teams have a considerable advantage. Our challenge is to close that gap. Silverstone has been good to us in the past; we have some improvements coming; and it’s a smoother track.
“We’re aiming to make another step forward,” the Austrian concluded.
Mercedes go to Silverstone, where their W13 rolled out on track for the first time, as the third team in the Constructors’ Standings with 188 points while their 2021 rivals Red Bull lead by 304.
George Russell sits fourth in the Drivers’ Championship on 111 points while Lewis Hamilton is sixth having scored 77.
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