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Wolff: Mercedes needs to up game

Toto Wolff: We have only scored points with one of our cars at the past three races and this is something we must improve quickly
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has admitted the team will need to do 'significantly better' in Monaco.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both qualified well for the Spanish Grand Prix last Sunday, with the Brackley-based outfit locking out the front row.

However race day was another matter entirely and tyre problems left both men struggling, Rosberg coming home sixth, while Hamilton finished outside the points in twelfth.

Looking to Monaco, Wolff warned that there is no room for complacency.

“Monaco is the most famous race in our sport and a special moment of every F1 season. The narrow streets will give our drivers the perfect opportunity to display their talents and, historically, the team's cars have performed strongly there in terms of pure speed,” he stated ahead of the sixth round in the F1 2013 World Championship.

“However, it is clear to everybody in the team that, while we have a strong car right now, we are not able to use that performance properly on Sunday afternoon.

"[Furthermore] although overtaking in Monaco is difficult, we cannot afford to be complacent in terms of tyre management and we will need to do significantly better than we managed in Barcelona in order to score a strong result. We have only scored points with one of our cars at the past three races and this is something we must improve quickly, beginning next weekend in Monte-Carlo.”




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Salan

May 18, 2013 11:57 AM

Well, thank you Toto for stating the blatantly obvious, tell us what we don't know. This doesn't really tell us anything perhaps if and when you discover the root cause of the problem you can share this by announcing it. Giving a pep talk about complacency doesn't give the fans confidence neither, you may want to say we have initiated an intensive and comprehensive investigation to try and attain an answer to our current over heating problems and anticipate a solution as we progress forward. Also some kind of deadline as to when this will happen would be nice.

richard

May 18, 2013 4:10 PM

captain birdseye according to sky, Pirelli will not be changing the compounds, instead deciding to revert to last years construction. this will affect all cars, due to softer sidewalls, but I reckon that merc will be the biggest beneficiaries of this. personally, I thought that the compounds were the problem and should be changed, but apparently not. no change until Canada.



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