The first Grand prix of the 2018 Formula 1 season was not easy for Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton finished second while Valtteri Bottas had to fight through the race after a crash in qualifying. The Stuttgart’s company motorsport director Toto Wolff commented that the team expected the new season would be close fought and the first race confirmed its suspicions.
“We made mistakes and did not perform to our maximum – and it reminded us that this is the toughest racing series in the world, where every error is punished. It hurt to leave all those points on the table, especially because we know we had the pace to win in Australia”, Wolff continued.
“Back at base, we did what we always do after a tough weekend. We made sure that we understand what went wrong and put a process in place to make sure that we don’t see a similar issue in the future. These painful moments are the real learning experiences. Mistakes become training.”
Mercedes made sure that they understand what went wrong in Melbourne
“We expect Bahrain to be another challenging weekend, although the challenges will be of a completely different nature. The race in the desert is tricky because the conditions change drastically between sessions. FP1 and FP3 take place in the heat of the day whereas Qualifying and the race itself take place after sunset so it’s much cooler. That makes it extremely difficult to find the right set-up with the car.”
“Bahrain is also a power-sensitive race with the long straights. We saw in Melbourne that the Ferraris, in particular, were very quick, so I expect it to be a close battle. We’ve seen some great racing in Bahrain in recent years, particularly between our drivers back in 2014, so I think we can look forward to an exciting and competitive weekend.”
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) April 3, 2018