Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the Brackley squad is getting to the bottom of the tyre issues that impacted the team’s performance in Mexico City.
Mercedes enjoyed a festive conclusion to its weekend at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, with Lewis Hamilton clinching his fifth world title, but the Silver Arrows pace in the event was anything to boast about.
Hamilton came home fourth while Valtteri Bottas was fifth after both drivers encountered excessive tyre degradation over the course of the 71-lap event in which the Mercedes duo was clearly outpaced by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and both Ferrari drivers?
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“Mexico was a bittersweet weekend,” Wolff explained ahead of this week’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
“On the one hand, we’re extremely happy for Lewis. He is the best driver of his generation and his fifth Formula 1 world championship puts him among the absolute greatest this sport has ever seen.
“On the other hand, we cannot be satisfied with our race performance in Mexico. Qualifying looked promising but just a few laps into the race, we knew that we’d run into big issues with the tyres.
“We started to analyse those problems immediately after the race and have made progress with understanding the challenges we faced and why.
“It’s important to apply all our learnings to make sure we come back strong in Brazil.”