11 September 2013
Wolff: We’ll bounce back from Monza
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says the team will bounce back from a tough weekend at Monza in the upcoming flyaway F1 events
Mercedes motor sport boss Toto Wolff says he is expecting the team to bounce back from a challenging Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton could only manage sixth and ninth at Monza as Mercedes slipped behind Ferrari in the constructors' championship.
Hamilton, the best placed of the pair in the drivers' championship, is now 81 points behind Sebastian Vettel and faces a huge challenge to try and fight for the title in the remaining flyaway races.
However, Wolff said he was confident that the Brackley-based team would be able to return to form in the races to come after admitting it had taken a 'wrong turn' with the F1 WO4 following the summer break.
"At the last two races, let's say low-downforce races, I'd say Ferrari are also now ahead of us,” he told the Press Association. “This is what the results have shown us. The reason is we just didn't get it right from the Friday. Now it's a matter of getting it right from Singapore onwards.
"Looking back, when we headed to Budapest we were expecting a really difficult weekend - very hot conditions, very twisty circuit and our problems with the tyres, but it turned out we were very competitive.
"When we discussed Spa and Monza we knew we had an efficient car and we were expecting solid results. But somewhere along the way we took a wrong turn, so now it's about going back, looking at that turn and improving.
"Singapore is more comparable to Hungary than anything else, so we should be feeling comfortable."
Wolff added that it was important for the team to look at the bigger picture and consider the improvements made compared to previous seasons, with Mercedes having taken huge strides forwards in performance so far in 2013.
"After so many pole positions and podiums, and with three wins, it's still a fantastic improvement on last year," he said. "You can't expect to be up there all the time. It's a learning process.
"We know what we've done wrong over the last two weekends, and it's a matter of improving. Overall, I'm still very satisfied, although there has still been some pain on a Sunday afternoon lately.
"But we saw at Monza the pace of the car was really good, with much less degradation than some of the cars running in front of us. We've some new parts for Singapore and Korea, so we'll keep pushing, and trying to do better."
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