Toto Wolff: ‘The drivers will have to learn to understand the car again’

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Toto Wolff (Getty Images)


Toto Wolff (Getty Pictures)

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has likened the method of gearing up for the Austrian Grand Prix to “getting a fish out of the water”.

Greater than three months after the 2020 season was placed on maintain, the System 1 engines can be fired up this Friday for the beginning of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.

The race marks the beginning of an eight-race European leg with the remainder of the calendar nonetheless to be confirmed.

Wolff can not wait.

“No stress, simply anticipation,” he instructed Kronen Zeitung, “possibly as should you have been getting a fish out of the water.”

Though System 1 has been on an prolonged break and the factories have been shut down for over two months, work resumed in June.

Wolff confirmed that the Brackley squad has been engaged on updates for the W11 which Mercedes will trial in Austria.

“After all we’ll put some updates on it, take a step ahead,” he stated.

“The drivers should study to grasp the automotive once more.

“A state of affairs that’s actually good for me personally as a result of after this lengthy, and-daily-greetings-the-marmot-break, issues are getting going.”

The Austrian is anticipating a troublesome combat with Crimson Bull, with Max Verstappen having gained the final two editions of the Austrian GP.

Final season the Dutchman beat Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to the chequered flag whereas Valtteri Bottas was third and Lewis Hamilton fifth.

With the race happening within the midst of a heatwave, Mercedes struggled with the temperatures.

“Crimson Bull with Max Verstappen is kind of an announcement for Spielberg,” stated Wolff. “As well as, I anticipate a really tight combat between Crimson Bull and us.

“Please no 35 levels. The warmth and the relative altitude in Spielberg weren’t essentially the energy of our engine.

“However I hope that we realized quite a bit from it and that we now have a greater grip on this downside.”

The excellent news for Wolff is Sunday’s excessive is just 26’C.

– Teamtalk media



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