Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes that the team managed to reduce the gap to Red Bull and Ferrari.
Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished the Austrian GP 3th and 4th respectively. This marked Mercedes’ 4th consecutive race with a podium finish. After the race at the Red Bull Ring, Wolff acknowledged the progress of the Silver Arrows, but admitted that their position in the pecking order had not changed.
“It’s just that we are missing a few tenths here and there, I think we’ve halved the gap over the last few months, we understand better, but we’re still third, fourth – we’re somewhere right in the middle of nowhere,” he said.
“But I would say if I tried to pick the positives, in race pace today [on Sunday], if we would have – which we didn’t – started right in the top six, probably we could’ve held on to Max [Verstappen] and not been so far away.
“For sure [the qualifying crashes] didn’t help, because even though you can set the car up and measure the car… it puts you on the wrong foot straight from the get-go. So, we didn’t expect to be really competitive here because of the nature of the track, it wasn’t a happy place for us in the past, so I’m okay. We just need to continue to grind away.”