Mercedes’ team principal Toto Wolff thinks Mercedes still has to catch up to Red Bull Racing in terms of qualifying performance.

After the opening two races of the 2021 F1 season, it seems like Red Bull and Mercedes will be the main contenders for both titles. Both outfits are quite close and the latest results show it. However, the Silver Arrows’ boss Toto Wolff supposes that his team is still worse in qualifying comparing to the rivals.

“We are still having a deficit with the car. We ended up on pole, but if Max puts in a clean lap, we’re probably two-and-a-half tenths behind, maybe three. And that is simply what the pecking order is at the moment,” Wolff said.

“We’re slowly starting to understand it, but according to the paper, we’re still not having a car and power unit that can match the Red Bull-Honda,” he added.

At the same time, Wolff thinks that Mercedes W12 is the best car on the grid and the only thing that needs to be dealt with is qualifying pace.

“[We’re] leading the championship with the fastest lap [at Imola] and what actually gives it a silver lining, or positive connotation… is that we seem to have a really quick race car,” said Wolff. “We had that in Bahrain too, and today, I would say clearly the quickest car. Now we just need to sort out qualifying performance,” he commented.

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