Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff wants to keep the team’s momentum going for the upcoming race weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton won a controversial British Grand Prix as he crashed his rival Max Verstappen out of the race in lap 1. The Mercedes driver received a 10-second time penalty but still managed to win the race. Now, coming into the Hungarian weekend, Wolff hopes to keep the momentum going.
“Everyone has their own opinion on the events of Silverstone, and it was a very polarizing accident,” he said. “However, the most important thing is that Max is okay. It’s never nice to see a car crashing, particularly at such high speeds and at a corner like that, so we’re glad he emerged from the accident unscathed.
“The last race weekend was a very entertaining one for the fans and we had a full-capacity crowd in the stands, which hasn’t happened for some time. We could feel their energy. That made the weekend incredibly special, and obviously, they had the chance to watch a very dramatic race, as did everyone else at home.
“We know how fine the margins are this season and how the advantage is swaying from one team to the other at each race. Us and Red Bull looked very closely matches at Silverstone and Ferrari were very quick, and now the battle moves onto the next round and a very different track.
“For us, [Silverstone] was an encouraging weekend with the pace of the car,” said Wolff. “The small upgrades we introduced worked well and we scored some big points, so we’re looking to keep that momentum going.
“The Hungaroring is a high-downforce [circuit, and] will therefore be a different beast compared to the last race. It is a track that will likely suit our competitors more, but we’ll give it all we’ve got.
“It’s been a long and intense first half of the season and we’re almost at the summer break,” Wolff added. “We want to ensure we head into the shutdown on the right foot, before we get the chance to recharge, take stock of everything that’s happened so far and then come back fighting in the second half of the season.”