Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is happy with the team’s performance in the Mexico Grand Prix, despite it not being particularly impressive, as the cars passed FIA tests and George Russell managed to hold off AlphaTauri’s Daniel Ricciardo to secure sixth place.
‣ The Mercedes team had a difficult start to the 2023 F1 season
‣ Mercedes performed well in the Mexico Grand Prix and passed the FIA tests
‣ Lewis Hamilton finished second in the race and closed the gap in the championship
‣ George Russell struggled in the race but managed to keep his position against Daniel Ricciardo.
Mercedes has experienced a challenging start to the 2023 F1 season, but things are finally starting to turn around for the team. Despite not having the most eye-catching performances at the Mexico Grand Prix, team boss Toto Wolff is in surprisingly high spirits.
Wolff expressed his jubilation after the race, highlighting the fact that Mercedes’ cars successfully passed the FIA tests during the weekend. He also breathed a sigh of relief as George Russell managed to hold off AlphaTauri’s Daniel Ricciardo in the last minute of the race. This victory was particularly important for Mercedes, given the pressure they felt from AlphaTauri.
Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line in second place, nearly 14 seconds behind Max Verstappen. However, Hamilton’s fastest lap on the final lap allowed him to close the gap on Sergio Perez in second place in the championship. On the other hand, Russell’s race did not go as smoothly, as he finished in sixth place with just a half-second margin over Ricciardo.
Wolff acknowledged Russell’s difficulties, recognizing that he had completely exhausted his tires. Despite this, Russell managed to defend his position against Ricciardo. In total, Mercedes was able to collect 27 points from the Mexico Grand Prix, which came as a relief after their disqualification in the previous race in the United States.
Wolff’s positive mood can also be attributed to the incredible atmosphere in Mexico City. He described it as “absolutely unbelievable” and emphasized that it is a unique experience that cannot be fully captured by cameras.
In summary, Mercedes is finally seeing improvements in their performance after a challenging start to the season. The team’s success in passing the FIA tests and achieving positive results in Mexico has boosted their spirits. With the championship still within reach, Mercedes is determined to continue their upward trajectory in the upcoming races.
Original quote from Toto Wolff: “I think he totally ran out of tyres, and then it’s so difficult to defend, but he did his best, and then he kept the position against Daniel.”
Original quote from Toto Wolff regarding the atmosphere in Mexico City: “It’s absolutely unbelievable. I don’t know if the cameras can capture that, but there’s nothing like this in Mexico City.”