Red Bull have emerged as Mercedes’ strongest threat in the opening two races, Verstappen going toe-to-toe with Hamilton for pole in soaking wet conditions on Saturday before the Mercedes driver pulled out an electric lap. In the race, Verstappen kept pace in the opening stint, but couldn’t get close enough to genuinely threaten.
Meanwhile, Mercedes admitted Hamilton was managing his pace at the front, given they were comfortable with their performance and they were keen not too push the limits too hard after they struggled with gearbox issues from the kerbs at the previous race at the same track. Red Bull hit back from a double non-points finish in round one, to finish third and fourth with Verstappen and Albon respectively.
“I don’t want to bore you with repeating the mindset that we have just mentioned, we’re always sceptical about our own performance, we just always think it’s not good enough,” said Wolff.
“We’re almost like hunting ourselves down and that is the mindset of this team, never to be satisfied with a result. When you are listening in the debrief on Monday morning after winning a race, you would think this is a team that has lost out badly. It’s just a culture we have developed over the last years that we never blame a person, we always blame the problem.
“We just want to take session by session, weekend by weekend, learning from the bad days and collecting the points on good day.”
Mercedes lead the constructors’ standings with 80 points, 41 clear of McLaren in second, with Red Bull in third, 12 points further back.
Source: Formula 1.com