Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said Mercedes has dissected what went wrong in Monaco, and learned valuable lessons as a result.
Mercedes have won three times at Baku since it joined the calendar in 2016, with three different drivers. No driver has ever won twice at the venue, but Valtteri Bottas almost won in 2018, before a puncture ended his race. He will be hopeful he can become the first dual-winner on the Azerbaijani streets and can hold more hope as Wolff has said Mercedes have learned their lessons after Monaco.
“Weekends like Monaco are the ones that keep you coming back for more. Nothing comes easy in this sport, and that’s why we love it,” Wolff said. “We dissected the weekend, asked hard questions of ourselves, and learned some crucial lessons. I wish we could have been back racing last weekend.”
“Baku is next up. While it’s a very different street circuit to Monaco, we expect it to be another tricky one for us, not particularly suiting the characteristics and traits of the W12. A key focus for us has to be exploiting the opportunities available to us on those outlier tracks which aren’t suited to our car – when the points are there, we need to grab them.”
“We know that if you are not at, or close to, 100% then it will bite you.”
Mercedes leads neither world championship, coming into Baku, the first time this has happened since 2018.