Wolff: Hard to predict expected performance in Monaco

Wolff: Hard to predict expected performance in Monaco

Wolff: Hard to predict expected performance in Monaco

Toto Wolff refused to make any predictions as to where Mercedes will be in the Formula 1 pecking order over the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix.

It is a bit strange who Wolff feels he cannot predict Mercedes’ performance in Monaco, as his team have been struggling to get on top of their car, the W15 which is fast at times, slow at others, especially when it matters in qualifying and races.

And the most serious point is that Mercedes have no idea why the car is fast or slow, as recent upgrade package brought in parts in Miami and Imola last weekend did not seem to cure the problems, while Wolff and Co insist it was a step forward, which is even more worrying.

Looking back on Imola, Wolff said: “The small step forward we took in Imola was encouraging. The team has worked incredibly hard to bring our recent updates to the track, and it was a clear performance gain.

“That being said, others have improved too. We are still a step behind the front three teams therefore, and there is plenty of work still to do. Nevertheless, we have a clear direction and developments in the pipeline.

“We have a more solid platform to build on now and we are confident that, in time, we can get ourselves into the pack ahead,” he insisted.

Moving on to Monaco, in the Mercedes‘ race preview, the Austrian added: “That work continues this weekend in Monaco.

“It is a unique circuit and a fantastic challenge for the team and drivers. It is always hard to predict expected performance, but we will look to execute a clean weekend and maximise the car we have.

“It is always a special weekend, and we look forward to putting on a good show for the fans, and our partners and guests across our extensive hospitality programme in Monte Carlo,” Wolff concluded.

Mercedes head into this weekend in Monaco fourth in the F1 Constructors’ Championship with 79 points while McLaren in third have 154. Red Bull lead with 268 points while Ferrari in second have 212.

George Russell and Lewis Hamilton are seventh and eighth in the Drivers’ Standings respectively.