Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Extra homework for Mercedes

Wednesday 24th July 2013

 RSS

Share:

Extra homework for Mercedes

Extra homework for Mercedes

Mercedes admit this weekend's practice sessions will be extra significant for them as they will finally be able to sample the new Pirelli tyres.

With Mercedes banned from last week's Young Driver Test, their rivals will have a slight edge heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix as they tested the compounds at Silverstone.

Although the team were sent data by Pirelli, Mercedes Motorsport director Toto Wolff says drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will need plenty of track time before qualifying and race day, especially after their struggles in Germany with high degredation levels.

"First, we will need to do extra homework on Friday to understand how the new tyres work with our car," he said. "Then we will have to get to grips with the high temperatures, a demanding circuit and the soft and medium compound Pirelli tyres.

"During the race at the Nurburgring, we were overheating the tyres and we want to minimise the chance of suffering a repeat problem in Hungary, where the track temperatures will also be high.

"The team has worked thoroughly since Germany to improve the situation and we will find out how the new tyres will affect that situation, too. Our motivation is high to score a good result that we can take into the summer break but we know there is plenty of good work needed to achieve that."

Hamilton, who finished fifth in Germany after starting in pole position, also knows he has his work cut out, but he is hoping to end the first half of the season on a high.

"It will be an important weekend for us and we need to get off to a good start on Friday when we have the chance to try the new tyres for the first time," he said.

"I've spent some time at the factory since we returned from Germany and I know that everyone there is working really hard to improve our overall performance and to address the issues that we experienced at the last race. It would be great to reward all of that effort with a strong weekend in Budapest and I'll certainly be pushing to make that happen."

Vettel's Maiden Ferrari Run

Editor's Picks

Looking Forward To 2015

Looking Forward To 2015

There's only 87 days to the next grand prix in Melbourne, and already PF1 is looking forward to the season ahead...

McLaren Made Right Choice

McLaren Made Right Choice

McLaren have finally announced they are retaining Jenson Button for 2015. Here are ten reasons why they made the right choice...

PF1 Prediction Results

PF1 Prediction Results

The results are in and Frank Hopkinson turns into an oracle with his scary prediction about safety in F1...

Ten Best Drives Of 2014

Ten Best Drives Of 2014

Andrew Davies looks at the outstanding race performances this season, not always by drivers who made it onto the podium...

Ten Stupid Moments

Ten Stupid Moments

We've had our fair share of stupid moments in F1 this year and Andrew Davies has rounded up some of the best (or worst)...