Mercedes is getting new updates for the British GP, which team boss Toto Wolff says must have an impact. According to him, a victory must be inside, and they are eagerly awaited.
The team was under pressure when they failed to win five times in a row for the first time in the hybrid era. Because Red Bull is so strong at the moment, Mercedes goes into its home race at Silverstone as the underdog.
For Wolff, the new updates are important to give the drivers the best chance to fight back.
“Silverstone is an incredible track, fast and flowing, and one that we hope should suit our car better compared to Spielberg.
“We also have a few small updates on the car, and we look forward to seeing how they perform. We know we need to give Lewis and Valtteri the car to perform at Silverstone and everyone at Brackley and Brixworth is working flat out to deliver it.
“We head to Silverstone for a weekend with a full house of 140,000 passionate F1 fans and in the middle of a hard-fought championship. The circuit is just ten minutes from our home in Brackley and 45 minutes from Brixworth – and it will be a huge boost to be racing in front of so many enthusiastic supporters.”
For the team boss, it is also important that the team finds speed quickly as this race weekend will be the first time that the Sprint Qualifying is tested and the Parc ferme rule already applies on Friday.
“The first weekend with the new Sprint Qualifying format brings a fresh challenge for all teams. With just a single one-hour practice session ahead of the Friday qualifying session, and the cars’ configuration fixed from the beginning of standard qualifying on Friday, whoever can get up to speed quickest will carry an advantage through the weekend.
“We will be adapting our approach and running plans to ensure we are best prepared for every aspect of the new challenge.”
The Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton returns to Silverstone for the first time after the back straight was renamed in his honor. Wolff believes this is a great honor for drivers, at least during practice.
“This year we’ll be racing on the Hamilton Straight for the first time, which will be a special moment for Lewis and the whole team.
“I can’t think of another example of an active driver being honored in this way by a circuit – it’s testament to what Lewis has achieved in this sport so far in his career. But I know come Saturday and Sunday, his only focus will be fighting for maximum points in this colossal championship fight.”