German Grand Prix – Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says that he believes Mercedes have the fastest car heading to their home race at Hockenheim.
Heading to Germany, Mercedes are on the back foot in both the Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships with Ferrari ahead by twenty points. Having missed out on victory at Silverstone due to incidents for Lewis Hamilton, fading tyres for Valtteri Bottas and a stellar drive from Sebastian Vettel, as well as a double retirement at the previous round in Austria, Wolff reckons that his team still hold the ace card of the fastest package overall: “We didn’t score as many points in the triple-header as we had hoped for. A lot of that was down to our own mistakes. However, there is a silver lining to this – while we didn’t maximise on points, we did bring the quickest car to all three races. “
Hockenheim sees Pirelli bring a step in compound: the UltraSoft, Soft & Medium tyres will be in use, skipping the SuperSofts. Tyres have been crucial in the Mercedes/Ferrari battle, with different tracks suiting the two teams. According to Wolff, Hockenheim is “quite interesting; it has a variety of corner speeds and will test every aspect of the car.”
“Hockenheim will mark the halfway point of the 2018 season. We’ve had a decent first half – on the one hand, we’ve left points on the table and had to do damage limitation more often than we would have wanted. On the other hand, we still scored a good amount of points, both drivers have shown strong performances and we have a fast car. So there are many reasons why we’re looking forward to the second half of the 2018 season; we’re hungry, ambitious and want to kick on from here.”
“Going to Hockenheim always feels like coming home; it’s only about a 90 minute drive from the Daimler headquarters in Stuttgart. While we had the great opportunity to race in front of many of our colleagues from Brackley and Brixworth in Silverstone, we’re now looking forward to welcoming the German members of the Mercedes family to the circuit and to holding high the three-pointed star on home turf.”