Mercedes staying cautious ahead of Monaco

Mercedes staying cautious ahead of Monaco

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Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton
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Mercedes got its first double victory of the 2018 season in Spain but the team is still cautious in its expectations for Monte Carlo. The Monaco Grand prix is really unique and a part of its character is its utter unpredictability.

Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas
photo: Mercedes

“Our first 1-2 of the season in Barcelona felt great. The car was quick, looked after its tyres and both drivers were positive about the balance and handling. But we’re not thinking about it as a turning point – the track layout, surface and conditions all suited our car and played into our hands. So we are staying cautious with our predictions as we head to Monaco”, Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff.

“It’s a circuit that gives us completely different challenges – and unique ones, too. Last year, it became a weekend of damage limitation when we didn’t find the right set-up. It was a painful lesson from us and we are determined to show that we have learned it this year.”

Mercedes staying cautious ahead of Monaco

“We don’t head into the weekend as favourites – they are Red Bull and Ferrari. Red Bull are strong in the slow-speed corners and where straight-line speed is less important, while Ferrari dominated last year. Our job is to deliver a smooth practice programme, apply our learning from recent races and maximise the potential of the car, whatever that proves to be.”

“We are now starting the heart of the season, with seven races ahead in the next ten weekends. We will race on a broad range of circuits before the summer break, with races coming thick and fast. This will test the team to its limits – and any weaknesses will be harshly punished in the points. We are clear-sighted about the challenge ahead of us and determined to prevail.”

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