Mercedes Team Recoups after Qatar Collision: Eyes Set on Austin with Upgraded Arsenal

Mercedes was left to rue missed opportunities after team stars Lewis Hamilton and George Russell's collision on the opening lap of the Qatar Grand Prix.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Mercedes Team Recoups after Qatar Collision: Eyes Set on Austin with Upgraded Arsenal
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Mercedes was left to rue missed opportunities after team stars Lewis Hamilton and George Russell's collision on the opening lap of the Qatar Grand Prix. The incident, which occurred as Hamilton attempted an outside move on Russell at Turn 1, not only ended the former world champion's race prematurely but also saw Russell fall to the back before clawing his way up to a commendable P4 finish.

Toto Wolff, Mercedes Team Principal, echoed the sentiment of a team left wondering what could've been. "The last round in Qatar was a case of what might have been. It was frustrating to leave a lot of points on the table, particularly as the pace of the car was strong," Wolff commented.

However, the resilience of both drivers and the team shone through. “Both Lewis and George know the team comes first and do not ever intend to jeopardise that,” remarked Wolff. As the Formula 1 circus moves on, Wolff remains optimistic about the upcoming races, believing the team can grow from these adversities.

"We're now focused on Austin and making sure we get the most out of each upcoming weekend”.

Gearing Up for Austin with Notable Upgrades

As the season hurdles towards its climax, the stakes rise ever higher, and so do the team's aspirations.

With a crucial triple-header in the USA, Mexico, and Brazil on the horizon, Mercedes aims to regain its momentum. Wolff also unveiled the team’s latest weapon – an upgraded floor set to debut in Austin, a significant step in Mercedes' bid to solidify their position against competitors, notably Ferrari.

“We'll be bringing a modified floor, which is the last significant update we will take to the track this year," Wolff shared. He expressed hope that this would not only provide a competitive edge but also shape the direction for the team's future developments.

The Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, known for its challenging layout and electric atmosphere, awaits the F1 entourage. "COTA is one of the most challenging modern tracks and a real thrill for the drivers," Wolff said, emphasizing the importance of the forthcoming races in the intense battle for second in the constructors' championship.

With a renewed sense of purpose and an arsenal of upgrades, Wolff concluded with a determined outlook: “We will keep our heads down, keep pushing and aim to score as many points as we can to increase our advantage. ” The stage is set for an exhilarating weekend in Austin.

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