Mercedes introduced a number of upgrades to the W13 that improved pace. George Russell was able to compete against the Red Bulls and finally got his second podium of this F1 season. Although encouraged by the car’s performance, the German marque believes the Monaco race will be more difficult.
“I can’t say that because we lost the connection, especially in the slower corners of the last sector, due to overheating. Of course it could be different in Monaco, but Monte Carlo hasn’t turned out to be our best track in the past. Maybe because the car was as big as an elephant,” says team boss Toto Wolff when asked whether his stable can also convince in Monaco. “I’m curious where we will be next weekend. We’re still having trouble warming up the tires , so my expectations for Monaco are lower than at any other track. I don’t know if that can be scientifically proven. In that case, it will again be a lesson that could get us back in the fray.”
The doubts about the chances in Monaco stem mainly from the fact that Mercedes was not competitive in the last sector at the Barcelona circuit. Performance in this section often gives a good indication of the potential of the Monte Carlo roads, as the nature of the low/medium speed corners and traction are similar. In qualifying for the Spanish GP, Mercedes was only the fifth fastest team in this sector. What might have to be considered is that the Mercedes didn’t seem to be utilizing the tires properly over a full lap. Because of this, the best was already there when the W13 reached the final sector.
The times of all F1 teams in the last sector in Barcelona
|2.||red bull||27,411 seconds|
|3.||Alfa Romeo||27,443 seconds|