Mercedes was dominant in United States Grand Prix first free practice, but by the time qualifying rolled around, the team had lost a lot of performance relative to Red Bull.
After qualifying Toto Wolff was asked if the team has determined what went wrong.
“Well, not yet,” the Austrian said.
“We have lost performance from Friday to qualifying, clearly. Relative performance. If you would know at that stage…
“We don’t know yet where that is and we haven’t got the right explanations yet, but clearly we haven’t met our expectations.”
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However, Wolff says nothing is finished yet, and anything can happen in the race.
“If you look at the pure performance picture, both Red Bulls look very strong and probably, on paper, the cars that are ahead.
“But we’ve seen many Sundays that took a very different direction because of the start scenario, of DNFs, and that’s why anything goes tomorrow.
“You can’t really say the qualifying result is the result at the end of the race. Thank God it’s not the case, and there is ground we can still conquer tomorrow.
“And hopefully get Valtteri back to the sharp end of the grid,” concluded Mercedes’ team boss.