Mercedes suffered one of its worst weekends in the last few years in Formula 1 when both its cars retired from the Austrian Grand prix. Lewis Hamilton lost the lead in the overall drivers’ standings and is 1 point behind Sebastian Vettel (146-145). Meanwhile, Ferrari has a 10 points advantage to Mercedes in the constructors’ table (247-237).
The next event is the last of this year’s triple-header as well as Hamilton’s home race.
It is also a home event for Mercedes as its headquarters are in Brackley
“Motor racing can be very cruel – and it was incredibly so for us in Austria. Before the race in Spielberg, a few people in the paddock told me that it was going to be an easy 1-2 for us because we had the quickest car. But while qualifying was a good result, it’ s not until Sunday that points are awarded”, Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff commented before the British Grand prix.
“However, it is the tough times that help us grow as individuals and as a team – not the good ones. Motor racing taught us a lesson about humility on Sunday – even when you have the fastest car, even when you lead the first 12 laps with both cars, things run away from you very fast if you make mistakes. That’s the competition we are in, the fights we embrace and what makes this sport such a brilliant challenge.”
“We tried to show the right character in defeat”
“We took full responsibility for our mistakes, which takes guts, and we will now analyse them and come back stronger from that learning. Both drivers were calm and showed true leadership. We have had the fastest and most reliable car in recent years. And they reminded us of that fact.”
“We come to Silverstone on the back of the worst weekend we’ve had in a very long time. We are determined to put up a hard fight on home turf and come back with a strong result – one that is worthy of our drivers’ performance, our fans’ passion and the Mercedes brand.”
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) July 4, 2018