Mercedes created a bit of confusion last week regarding their upgrade plan for 2021. Many felt that team principal Toto Wolff had stated that they have stopped development on their 2021 car to focus on their 2022 car. Their driver Lewis Hamilton had also suggested something similar. However, soon-to-be chief technical officer James Allison had revealed that they still have some upgrades in the pipeline which seemed like a contradiction of what had generally been suggested and assumed about the matter. Wolff has now clarified his statements.
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Toto Wolff States He Was Misquoted
While speaking to Sky Sports following the Austrian GP Wolff began by suggesting that it wasn’t as bad for them as the timesheets might suggest
“I think the result probably looks worse in terms of pace than the reality. We were stuck behind the McLaren which cost us a lot of time, otherwise our pace was good, maybe not enough to win the race but right up there at the front which is a step forward”
He then explained why the fight for both championships isn’t over yet
“Morale in the team is good, we could see the improvement in race pace from last weekend so we are making progress and eventually we will be competing for the win again. We are one DNF away from being right there in the Constructors' and Drivers' Championships so this is far from over”
He also clarified what he meant by his statements regarding stopping development on the 2021 car as quoted by Motorsport Total
“You are misquoting me. I never said we won’t bring any more upgrades. I have said that we will stop development for 2021 to focus on 2022. That is exactly what is happening”
He signed off by reiterating that there is no secrecy involved
“We will be ready quickly. There are no secret vans being transported anywhere and if you ask me for quotes, write them down accurately”
McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo feels that “it was a nice day for the team with a podium for Lando [Norris] and getting into the points for [him]”
He added that “it’s one [he] could enjoy and take some fulfilment from. The defence was tough. [He] was trying everything [he] could, every trick in the book to stay ahead”
He is also “happy to have finished the first triple-header of the season. As fun as the triple-headers are, they’re tiring”
They’ll “look forward to Silverstone and the new format there. It should be interesting!”, Daniel suggested
“What a performance today from Lando, Daniel and the entire team. P3 and P7 is an excellent result and continues the strong run we’ve had all the way through this triple-header”, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl stated
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton pointed out that Red Bull’s “Max [Verstappen] is clear out front at the moment”
“So, [they] need to improve [their] car and start performing better each weekend”
“The team are working incredibly hard and [they] need to continue that so [they] can find performance”
His teammate Valtteri Bottas thinks that “as a team [they] got some decent points considering the gap [they] have to Red Bull in terms of pure pace”
“For [him] it's nice to be on the podium again in second place and [he thinks they] really maximised what [they] could get today”
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has revealed that he and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez “have already spoken and cleared the air and, in the end, it’s all part of the game”
Perez, meanwhile is “obviously not very happy with [his] race. On the fourth lap [he] had the position and [he] out-braked Lando but [Lando] pushed [him] off the track”
“As for the other incidents with Charles, [he] still [has] to review the situations and look at the incidents because [he] thought that [he] was ahead in both of them, especially the second one”
He is also “very sorry for Charles and how [his race was] affected. That’s not the way I like to race. I don’t feel happy with myself for compromising the race of another driver”, Perez added
What Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto “would highlight today is the spirit shown by [their] drivers, as Charles did not hesitate to make way for Carlos, who was on fresher and faster tyres”
“That meant [they] were able to get the best possible result for the team. It’s the right spirit and it’s the way to go as [they] continue to make progress”
AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda pointed out that his “qualifying was good. So, it’s frustrating [to finish 12th]
They “need to go away and review the issues from [the race], so [they] don’t make the same mistakes again next time out in Silverstone”, he added
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