Despite currently leading the Constructors and Drivers championships, it has been mixed emotions for the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS squad so far this season. On the one hand Nico Rosberg has been victorious at every race so far this year and has put in a flawless performance in the process, whilst on the other side of the garage it seems like Lewis Hamilton has had everything under the sun thrown at him to make times tough going.
The conspiracy theorists have been out in force on that front, but the Brackley based squad are more united than ever as they work night and day to ensure they can extract the best possible performance from the W07. Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff, is confident the German team can keep pushing the boundaries, and remain ahead of their rivals.
“Assessing our season so far is an interesting task,” said Wolff. “On the one side, we are leading the Constructors’ Championships by a good margin and our drivers hold the top two positions in the Drivers’ standings. So, realistically speaking, it’s tough to ask for more. However, it has not been plain sailing and we have had problems that we are working hard to solve.
“We have rivals breathing down our necks who are relentless in their chase. The longer regulations remain stable, the harder it is to find extra performance. We are pushing the limits to ensure we remain competitive – but if you push the limits then at a certain stage you risk stepping over them.
“The whole team, on both the chassis and Power Unit side, is working flat out to extract every millisecond from our package without compromising reliability. This is a group of great engineers and I have no doubt that they are going to achieve that. We are always learning as a team. In Hungary and Singapore last year, we took a couple of big hits. But we came out of those races stronger and we continue to learn from our struggles.
“We’re going to see some big upgrades from the different teams and Power Unit suppliers over the next few races, so now is the time we can truly assess the pecking order. Barcelona will be an interesting weekend from that perspective, so we must be prepared.”