Mercedes believes its lack of ability to win the Canadian Grand Prix reveals there isn’t a longer a transparent efficiency sample amongst Method 1’s high groups.
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes received the earlier three races in Montreal and appeared the favorite for a fourth straight win final weekend.
Nonetheless, Hamilton struggled for tempo and wound up fifth, with teammate Valtteri Bottas a distant second behind Ferrari’s race winner Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes staff boss Toto Wolff mentioned: “We got here to Montreal anticipating our automotive to be actually robust and we’re leaving seeing we’ve not been the place we thought we ought to be.
“That is why there’s not the standard sample, the historic sample of automobiles being robust on sure circuits after which weak on others.
“I nonetheless assume we aren’t fairly good in Monaco or Singapore, which may be the odd outlier, however you could anticipate individuals to be robust in every single place.”
“By some means this 12 months the margins have turn out to be so tight – 5 automobiles inside a tenth,” mentioned Wolff.
“This is the reason this 12 months’s championship goes to be determined by those who make the least errors and brings one of the best improvement onto the engine on each single weekend and that’s the new actuality.
“It is a three-way combat, six automobiles can win races. You may’t take something without any consideration.
“You may’t come to Montreal and assume it’ll be a stroll within the park as a result of that is the type of wake-up name you get.”
Wolff identified that Mercedes ought to have received in Australia, the place it was extra aggressive than it was in 2017, and dominated in Spain after being bested by Ferrari final season.
He mentioned these have been extra examples of the dearth of a sample, including it “makes the championship thrilling, as a result of you do not know what to anticipate”.
“It’s a must to come to the weekend, all of your preparation work must be spot on,” mentioned Wolff.
“There isn’t any time to be misplaced by way of preparation on the Friday as a result of it’ll come and chunk you.”
Mercedes didn’t carry its second-specification of engine to Canada after a last-minute reliability scare on the dyno.
Wolff mentioned he was the “reverse of assured” that the whole lot is sorted and Mercedes would instantly resume its earlier type, reiterating that it was “a significant wake-up name for each single member of the staff”.
Pressed on the upgraded engine, Wolff mentioned: “I do not need to say an excessive amount of as a result of we have been anticipating to have the engine right here after which on the final future we noticed a possible challenge.
“I would relatively have it within the automotive on Friday morning, run it with out issues, after which affirm it.”