The fight for the Formula 1 title remains a non-issue for Mercedes, according to team boss Toto Wolff, even after the strong performance of the Silver Arrows duo in Canada.
“That train left the station a long time ago,” he said. The aim, however, is still to win races, he added. “And I believe we can do that,” Wolff stressed. Earlier, Lewis Hamilton had finished third in the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.
It was only the seven-time world champion’s second podium finish of the year after his third place in the season opener in Bahrain. George Russell finished fourth in Montreal. Max Verstappen in the Red Bull secured the race win ahead of Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari.
Wolff: “We have to be careful”
“We have to be happy. We took it out on the track. That’s okay,” Mercedes team boss Wolff stressed, but also said: “We have to be careful. One swallow does not make a summer.”
Marko: “Mercedes has caught up massively”
The competition, however, has already been warned. “Mercedes have caught up massively,” Red Bull’s motorsport adviser Helmut Marko told broadcaster Sky. “They looked strong, significantly stronger than before. If they are consistently at that level, they are in the fight up there,” Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc insisted after his fifth place.
At least the Mercedes’ hobbling problem didn’t seem as extreme as it had been in Baku, when Hamilton had to get out of his car in pain.