After a very difficult Sao Paulo Grand Prix for Mercedes, team boss Toto Wolff says the W14’s performance was “inexcusable”.
“Inexcusable performance,” the Austrian told Sky Sports F1.
“There’s even no words for that. That car finished second last week and the week before, and whatever we did to it was horrible.
“Lewis survived out there, but George… I can only feel for the two driving such a miserable thing. It shows how difficult the car is, it’s on a knife’s edge.
“You’ve got to develop that better for next year, because it can’t be that within seven days you’re finishing on the podium, solid, with one of the two quickest cars, and then you’re nowhere and finishing eighth.”
Although Mercedes managed to win one race last season, Toto says this year their car doesn’t deserve it.
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“This car doesn’t deserve a win. I think we need to push for the last two races and recover.
“I think that’s the most important thing and see what we can do in Las Vegas, totally different track and Abu Dhabi.
“But the performance today was just lacking words.”
Asked if the problem has to do with straight-line speed, Toto said:
“It was just too slow in a straight line, Lewis said, even with the DRS open it just had no straight-line speed. I think straight-line speed was one issue but probably not the main factor.
“The main factor was that we couldn’t go around the corners with the bigger wing, with the pace we needed and we were killing the tyres, just eating them up within a few laps,” Wolff concluded.