There will be a lot of patience required on the part of Mercedes fans this season. The level of their team is far below what is expected of them. Even though it has been a difficult season for the team, there are still some who are optimistic and believe they can turn things around.
This weekend is going to be a big challenge for Toto Wolff, but he is optimistic about it. There will be a clear indication of their progress after the Baku race. According to Wolff, Mercedes is moving in the right direction with the race in Australia showing that it is on the right track.
"We've had a few weeks off from racing but both factories have been hard at work," -Wolff said, as quoted by crash.net "We've tried to maximise this period, bringing planned development to the car and extracting as much as possible from our learnings so far.
Australia showed that we are making progress, although we need to be cautious about reading too much into a single result. But the signs in Melbourne were still encouraging and that has been a good motivator for the whole team heading into this gap in the calendar.
Over the next races, we want to keep on making small steps forward. The car will continue to evolve in the coming weeks, as we steadily bring performance and upgrades to the track."
Considering how long it has been since the last Formula 1 race, there have been a lot of people who missed it.
There is no doubt that Wolff is aware of the challenges that await his team, but he believes that being optimistic is his only option. It will be interesting to see how Mercedes stands at this moment and whether they are able to truly compete at the top of the sport.
"After just under a month with no F1 action, everyone’s eager to be back out on track,” Wolff said. “Thankfully we’ve got plenty of that coming up. It’s a busy window in the calendar with five races in six weekends, starting with Azerbaijan.
The racing in Baku is always dramatic and entertaining. It's a challenging track with the walls close, so there’s no room for error. We also have our first F1 sprint weekend of the season with a tweaked format. It’s an interesting challenge for us to tackle, with only a single practice session to be ready for two qualifying sessions and races spread across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully this will mean more excitement and action for fans to enjoy."
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