F1 » Wolff concerned by Mercedes reliability

Toto Wolff admits it is concerning that Mercedes has had a bad run of reliability at this stage of the season

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July 07, 2014 4:48 PM

The occasional DNF by Mercedes isn't bad at all for f1 on the whole.
The distinct honor of winning all races, doesn't say much about their drivers ability.
Good for the Mercedes manufacturer name of course.
With a 2 second advantage.....
anyone of the remaining 20 drivers could drive a Mercedes and still win, provided they do not make rookie errors.


July 07, 2014 5:47 PM

No real worries, even with a couple more DNFs. In the face of certain defeat, (one or two more races) the rest of the field will be entering 2015 prep mode and the Mercedes duo will have the track pretty much to themselves to close the books on this one. Which one in the front seat of the Silver Arrows wins the WDC is a just side-story to the work Mercedes has done at the back of the car. Mercedes deserves the reward, it came to a gun fight with a big, nasty, fully automatic large bore weapon, while Renault showed up with a Daisy air rifle, and Ferrari figured it could dominate on style points alone. 2015 is not likely to be as much a cake walk as this.


July 07, 2014 6:16 PM

As I said on many an occasion on here, unless Mercedes runs into reliability problem there is no chance of anybody on the grid troubling them this season.
Re the PU preparations for next season Mercedes is at an advantage because it need only concentrate on improving their present advantage within the rules, while those same rules will be limiting a factor on what FERRARI and Renault can do to catch-up/bridge the gap to Mercedes.


July 07, 2014 6:46 PM

From the very start of winter testing it was evident that Mercedes produced the best PU, the advantage they showed was such that it was not possible for the other two to bridge the gap in the time frame up to homologation of the PU'S, that in itself helped Mercedes keep their advantage, thereafter the rules as are made sure that Mercedes will keep that advantage for the rest of the season, as for the 2015 season the rules will permit only a limited latitude for the other two to bridge the gap to Mercedes.
Although Mercedes should be applauded for the PU they produced for the new rules, these same rules are now making a mockery of what should be a competitive and just sports.


July 07, 2014 8:22 PM

rob01: please do not under estimate what red bull may try and pull. They are willing to cross the line at any time.

And what about the team that had the secret tyre test??


July 07, 2014 8:50 PM

There is plenty of goings on in F1 that is or seems to be escaping the media attention.
I came upon the following.
Ten new engineers have started working at Maranello, they include three engine expert from Mercedes and four people from RBR, three in the aero department and one a simulation expert, FERRARI looks like they are going all out for a structure like Mercedes have.
Hugo Boss sponsor is said to have changed teams, from mclaren to Mercedes.

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