Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has admitted his team is “not fast and have reliability problems.”
The silver arrows had an unusual start to the pre-season testing, having trouble with the gearbox and running short stints with unimpressive lap times, with Bottas topping the afternoon session of day 2 just a tenth off Gasly.
Talking to Sky Italy, Toto Wolff shared his unhappiness with the teams’ current state.
“We’ve had a terrible start this year, unlike other years. We are not fast and we have reliability problems, but it is a situation where we have to show how to react to something like this,” he said.
“Yes, it does scare me,” he added. “We haven’t changed the gearbox design, but, we have seen two problems. That’s alarming because we risk not being able to finish a race, but also in terms of costs.”
Despite this, Wolff is confident things will work out for his team, saying the atmosphere remains calm, but that they’ve got work to do.
“We are not nervous, but we have to understand where things went wrong. Many new things are not working, and the balance of the car is the biggest problem.”