Toto Wolff on 'Mercedes big steps': Fans are delighted
by SEAD DEDOVIC | VIEW 447
F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying in which George Russell finished third and Lewis Hamilton seventh is a good indication that Red Bull could be going in the right direction. Toto Wolff also spoke about this. “We’re making really big steps at the moment with our research and development, with our understanding in the wind tunnel,” he said, as quoted by crash.net
"That is really big steps! We just needed to have the confirmation in Bahrain that we got it wrong, now we have that. And that’s why I would never write off anything." Toto Wolff thinks it is ridiculous to talk about the race for the title, considering that Mercedes is far from some rivals, especially Red Bull.
“Is it realistic after today’s performance [in Saudi Arabia qualifying] that we can talk about the world championship? No, it’s not, you’re a fool if you think that way. Equally, it’s motor racing.
You must never give up and if we continue to do the big steps that we’ve already done in the last 10 days, then I think we’ll come to a stage where we’re really able to race for wins."
Bahrain was a great test for the team because it gave them the opportunity to understand where they make the biggest mistakes on the field.
As a result, it is clear that they worked on such mistakes in order to prevent them from happening again, and they have great optimism for the future of the team. "Big steps, in relative performance to where we are even now.
The kind of gains that are coming in our R&D and then in aero are much bigger than we've had over a long time. We've unlocked some potential because we simply look at things from different angles now. We have a different perspective because of our learnings of the Bahrain test and the Bahrain race. So there was no step back. On the contrary, it was immediately two steps forward."