The Austrian Grand Prix crowned Max Verstappen, for the second consecutive time on the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, and launched him one step closer to the title. The Dutchman is impressing everyone during this season, for an extreme ease of driving a perfect RB16B in any situation.
On the other hand, the one who does not seem to be as perfect as it had been in a habitual way throughout the course of the hybrid era is the Mercedes: the W12 doesn't seem to be up to the winning single-seaters that preceded it.
Even the comparison between the "second" drivers, in fact, sees Sergio Perez ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the Championship, with the Mexican who won a race, against the zero victories of the Finnish driver.
The Brackley team has announced that in Silverstone, on the track that will see for the first time the Sprint Qualifying format to define the starting grid for Sunday's Grand Prix, Mercedes has a substantial update in store that will be introduced on the W12, to try to reduce the gap that separates their cars from those of the Red Bull rivals .
Lewis Hamilton said there is still a lot of work to do, bringing back to earth those who thought they would be groundbreaking updates.
“We have a little bit coming, but it’s not going to close the gap enough, we’ve got to do some work.”
“These past races have been difficult, and obviously he’s pretty much just cruising ahead, so, there’s not really much I can do about it," he continued.
“Of course, I’m praying for a different scenario in the next race, but if you look at their car, it’s just on rails. So we’re giving it absolutely everything."
“These past two weeks I’ve been to the factory, each week trying to extract as much as I can from the car. But our car just doesn’t go well here [in Austria] for some reason. I really hope that it does at these next ones,” the Englishman added.
Also Valtteri Bottas agreed:
“We’ve been racing on the same track for two weeks and it is clear Red Bull is faster here – but it could be different on some other tracks,” he explained - “I think this track suits their car pretty well, but they’re not slow anywhere else. Silverstone is completely different. There are a lot more high-speed corners and so, we’ll see."
“We have something planned in terms of new bits for Silverstone. I think after that it will be quiet in terms of new parts but we’ll keep pushing as hard as we can – but we know it’s going to be tough.”