The Silver Arrows strayed from title pace early in the new F1 season as Lewis Hamilton in particular struggled, but Toto Wolff remains optimistic after the Australian Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell only achieved one podium in each of the first three races and finished fourth and third on Sunday Australian Grand Prix. They stay slightly ahead red bull in the constructors’ championship and are only second Ferrariwhich gets the leader of the team to focus on what’s working well.
“We’re leaving Melbourne in better shape than when we arrived – more lessons learned, more data to analyze and more points on the board,” said Wolff Formula 1 official website . “Obviously we don’t have the pace yet to challenge Ferrari and Red Bull, but we know where to look for performance.
“To see Lewis and George operate at an exceptionally high level with a tool that clearly cannot match the speed of the leaders is another example of the spirit of this team. We’re optimistic but realistic about the timeline for improvement and the advantage our rivals have, but P3 and P4 help us leave Australia feeling good.”
Mercedes’ pre-season struggles always seemed too big to expect a resolution at this early stage of the season. Their W13 car appeared to have particular problems with porpoises, a problem that has resurfaced since ground effect reappeared among this season’s restructured designs.
The Silver Arrows have until April 24 to fix these issues ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola. Wolff added his team’s mindset and strength made him “very optimistic about the future”, suggesting Hamilton might have been on the podium at Melbourne as well had he not come close to the safety car on lap 23 the box would have come.
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runaway leader Charles Leclerc underscored its supremacy by defeating the runner-up Sergio Perez by 20 seconds in Melbourne. Red Bull figurehead Max Verstappen However, he did not finish for the second time this season, which has helped Leclerc build a 34-point lead over closest rivals Russell.
Hamilton won the inaugural edition of Emilia Romagna in 2020 before Verstappen took first place in 2021. Leclerc is hoping to be a third winner later this month in as many editions, having also won the bonus point for fastest lap in all three races so far this season.
Significant changes to the W13 are expected as Mercedes look to close the gap at the top, with the team yet to achieve a better result than third. Red Bull’s own troubles have inadvertently backed title favorites Ferrari, who risk running away with things unless their lead can be cut in the coming weeks.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/mercedes-wolff-hamilton-russell-f1-26709807 Mercedes boss Toto Wolff left the Australian GP with a "good feeling" despite team struggles.