During the Emilia Romagna GP, Valtteri Bottas and George Russell were involved in a huge crash with both cars ending up in the walls. Both the Mercedes and the Williams have been very badly damaged following the unfortunate event brought out the red flag, temporarily stopping the race.
After the race, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff came out stating that the damage on Bottas’s car is so extensive that it could slow down the team’s whole development program. With a potential write-off of the car and a budget cap implemented this year, Wolff said that this was something they were always afraid of.
“The whole situation is absolutely not amusing for us (…) It’s quite a big shunt. Our car is a write-off, in a cost cap environment that is certainly not what we needed and probably it’s going to limit upgrades that we are able to do”, he said.
He added “We are very stretched on cost cap and what we always feared is a total write-off of a car”.
Wolff continued by confessing that he is conscious that Mercedes need to upgrade their car to match and beat rivals Red Bull in 2021.
“We are still having a deficit with the car (…) Yesterday, we ended up on pole, but if Max puts in a clean lap, we are probably two and a half tenths behind, maybe three”., he stated.
In conclusion, he said “Today it was very difficult to judge because of the circumstances. But we had a very good car today in the wet and when it was drying up. So we are slowly starting to understand it. But according to the data, we are still not having a car and power unit that can match the Red Bull Honda”.