Former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, has expressed his skepticism over Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff’s claims of beating Red Bull at Silverstone, stating that Silverstone is the perfect circuit for Red Bull and that Mercedes have a fatal aerodynamic problem.
Silverstone is known for its long straights and it is evident that Mercedes drive with more wing angle. This could potentially hamper their performance on straights as compared to corners, furthering the gap to Red Bull.
”I am skeptical that Mercedes is better at this circuit because this circuit is perfect for Red Bull,” Schumacher commented on Wolff’s claims made post-Austria.
“I believe Mercedes has an aerodynamic problem at the moment, and clearly drive with more wing to balance that. Of course, that is fatal at a circuit like Silverstone with the long straights.”
However, Schumacher does believe it would be unwise to write off Mercedes as he believes every car, even this season’s Red Bull will have a weakness, and that a car cannot work at every track perfectly.
“A car doesn’t work on every track. I’m sure Red Bull will still show weaknesses,” Schumacher said. “It is always possible that at Red Bull a strategy doesn’t work or that mistakes are made.”
“I don’t want to write Mercedes off yet. It’s a strong team, and in no case should you say that it doesn’t work anymore,” he concluded.