Connect with us

2019 F1

Overheating Mercedes not racing in Austria – Wolff



Mercedes’ “Achilles heel” was exposed in Austria, team boss Toto Wolff has admitted.

“We knew it would be a difficult race for us,” said Valtteri Bottas. “In the end it was even worse than we expected.”

After a run of eight consecutive wins for Mercedes, it was Red Bull and Ferrari finishing one-two in Austria as the silver cars battled to control overheating.

“We already opened the bodywork as much as we could. The only other way to get the temperatures down was lift and coast,” said Wolff.

“We knew we had a problem with the chassis cooling, that is our Achilles heel. But when we lose, that’s really the best way to learn.”

Lewis Hamilton, the runaway championship leader, said he was also surprised how much Mercedes had to slow down to control the overheating.

“The others went through the race at full speed, just as should always be the case in Formula 1,” he said.

“Fortunately, there are not many hot races like this. Maybe Hungary or Mexico.”

Boss Wolff told Canal Plus broadcaster that Hockenheim might also be a problem for Mercedes.

“At least I’d like to say bravo to Pirelli,” he said. “After all this talk about the tyres, we managed to see two great young drivers fight until the last lap,” he said.

“But in my heart I was upset that we could not defend ourselves here, let alone attack. We had to lift and coast for 400 metres at a time to cool the car.

“That’s rolling around, not racing. But while it was not a good day for us, it was a good day for Formula 1.

“Just as there are good and bad football games, it is obvious that Paul Ricard was not a good track layout for spectacular racing, but Spielberg made up for it,” said Wolff.

Arguably the most disappointed figure on Sunday was Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who – as in Bahrain – almost won his first grand prix.

Boss Mattia Binotto warned that Austria was a good opportunity for Ferrari amid an otherwise challenging season with its 2019 car.

“Can we fight like that on all the tracks? I don’t think so,” he said.

“There are several circuits ahead where we will have a harder time, but we had a few new parts here that worked and we will keep preparing new ones all the time.”


Latest F1 News

Latest F1 News

2019 F17 days ago

I’m not ready for Formula E – Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg says he is “not ready” to contemplate a switch to Formula E. It is strongly rumoured that if...

2019 F17 days ago

BREAKING: Albon to replace Gasly from Belgian GP

Toro Rosso’s speedy Alexander Albon will replace Pierre Gasly at Red Bull from the next race in Belgium, the F1...

2019 F11 week ago

Alonso says it is not true liking Vettel

Fernando Alonso says it is not true that he doesn’t like Sebastian Vettel. In Hungary, amid rumours the retired double...

2019 F12 weeks ago

F1 teams balk at expensive new regulations

F1 teams are pushing back on proposed new regulations — for reasons of cost. One idea that could be scrapped...

2019 F12 weeks ago

McLaren targets Sainz to beat Gasly in 2019

McLaren is targeting a coveted sixth place in the 2019 drivers’ world championship with Carlos Sainz. With Mercedes, Ferrari and...

2019 F12 weeks ago

F1 broadcaster fails to show Sainz in Hungary

Carlos Sainz was “the invisible man” during the recent Hungarian GP. In fact, well-known Spanish journalist Antonio Lobato claims that...

2019 F12 weeks ago

Marko confirms Verstappen staying at Red Bull-Honda for F1 2020

Red Bull motorsport head Dr Helmut Marko has confirmed that Max Verstappen is definitely staying at Red Bull-Honda in 2020....

2019 F12 weeks ago

Me and Russel are eating two different dishes – Kubica

Robert Kubica is yet to benefit from what seems to have been a clear step forward for Williams and George...

2019 F12 weeks ago

I will not stop doing dangerous activities – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen says he will not stop doing dangerous activities just because he is in Formula 1. Well known for...

2019 F12 weeks ago

Two competitive cars ‘essential’ to Red Bull success – Horner

  Christian Horner says it is “essential” that Red Bull has two cars near the front of the F1 field....

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media