Toto Wolff: “We’re going to go into asphalt-laying business!”

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Toto Wolff says the newly resurfaced track surface of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve played a role in Mercedes’ improved performance and reduced bouncing.

After Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished the Canadian Grand Prix in P3 and P4 respectively, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was visibly happy with the results.

The Austrian hinted that the newly resurfaced Circuit Gilles Villeneuve helped Mercedes’ cars bounce less and they were therefore more competitive.

“You can see the hairpin is where they put new asphalt in there and we suffered less from the stiffness of the car, which is the main problem,” Wolff told Sky Sports F1 after the race.

“But I would think before the Safety Car came out at the end, we were actually quicker than [Carlos] Sainz and [Max] Verstappen up ahead.

“But you’re picking out a few laps and you’re saying ‘yeah, we’re back’, so I don’t think that’s the case yet. We’ll just need to keep working.”

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Wolff then revealed that Mercedes chose to raise the ride height of their cars, and it turned out to be the right thing to do.

“First of all we are diversifying our business, we’re going to go into asphalt-laying business,” Toto joked.

“We are gonna buy some machines, go to all the tracks, offer them a new layer of asphalt. It would be well-invested money.

“The way forward, I think we just need to develop the car in a different window that we had. We were having it really low on the ground and clearly that doesn’t function.

“So I think we have development direction. We didn’t get it right in many areas but we own the problem and we need to fix it,” the Austrian concluded.

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