Mercedes Toto Wolff felt disappointed not to be higher up on the grid for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix.
After a solid start to the weekend, Mercedes could not end their front row drought, with Lewis Hamilton managing fifth whilst George Russell could only manage eighth.
Shortly after Qualifying, when talking to selected media outlets, including MotorLAT, Wolff expressed his belief that the car was fast enough for at least a front-row start if it weren’t for a sluggish final run that relegated both silver arrows to the third and fourth rows of the grid.
“We are on a trajectory where we need to improve in all conditions, and I thought we were pretty good in the rain at Montreal, so I thought that’s ok whatever conditions will be thrown at us.
"Qualifying was looking ok until really the last laps; I believe that we had a car that was good enough for the front row, maybe top three, but in the end, it didn’t come together at all. Therefore I am pretty disappointed with the result because I believe we could have gone faster.”
Hamilton, in particular, had to abort his final run after changing his engine mode mid-lap, costing him a chance to improve his grid position. Wolff feels that the change of engine mode cost the Brit a spot in the top three.
“If we would have continued with the consecutive laps and given up a little bit of engine mode towards the end, I believe we could have qualified in the top 3.”
With the cost cap restricting the amount of upgrades teams bring to races, some teams are still unsure when they will switch their focus to 2023. Mercedes, however, won’t be stopping development just yet, nor will it drop its ‘no’ sidepod concept that attracted attention in pre-season testing.
“I think we need to continue to develop the W13 because the rules don’t change, so if we were to decide to go to a different concept, I think we would need to understand why the previous one hasn’t worked, and that is not an answer we have at the moment so we’ll just continue grinding away trying to understand. The narrow sidepods have the least impact on our current aerodynamic and ride issue.”