Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said the last few weeks have been “the toughest” he has experienced as he tries to address the Silver Arrows’ recent slump.
The reigning World Champions, unbeaten throughout the turbo hybrid era, have lost their grip on both World Championship titles with Max Verstappen taking a four-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ and opening up a 26-point gap to Mercedes in the Constructors’.
Bringing Mercedes to a grinding halt were two street tracks in the form of Monaco and Baku which have produced a grand total of just seven points.
The return to a more traditional race circuit will give Mercedes new hope of arresting the slide, but Wolff cannot ignore the trials and tribulations of the last few weeks.
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“Yes, they are the toughest,” Wolff said.
“Not having performance in Monaco, then Valtteri [Bottas], who would have made it solidly onto the podium, needing a pit stop of 36 hours is not really a great achievement for the standards we are setting ourselves from a car that was almost all sessions nowhere.
“To be honest, cruising in third was OK but it’s just not acceptable that we are not getting the car into a performance position for the start or at the pit stops.
“We are losing seconds over seconds to get the car in a happy window where it functions. It just takes too long.
“I think there are lots of things that are not running as smoothly as in the past few years.
“Operationally, it’s not our A-game. We haven’t found the sweet spot of the car through qualifying and the race, having a quick qualifying and race car.
“There’s just so much that we need to improve that I just want to get on it right now in order to make sure that we are actually able to compete for this championship, because we can’t continue losing points like we have done in Monaco and Baku.
“It’s just not acceptable for all of us.”