Mercedes ‘obsessive attention to detail’ key to their lead
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the reason the team continues to lead the way in Formula One is because of ‘obsessive attention to detail’. The German team look on course to take their fourth back titles in the next fortnight.
Currently, Lewis Hamilton holds a fifty nine point lead over Sebastian Vettel. Mercedes have been allowed to get miles ahead of Ferrari as they have delivered better results on track, despite the teams inconstant form.
In recent races Mercedes have struggled to get the best out of the car, but have capitalised on their rivals mistakes and problems which has meant Ferrari hasn’t scored points. However, the team say these difficulties have allowed them to get a better understanding of the car.
Wolff told ESPN “We returned from those races with a lot more understanding of our car and of the reasons for the performance swings we have experienced this season. Some of that understanding is already being applied to the final races, some of it will flow into next year’s project.”
“We returned from those races with a lot more understanding of our car and of the reasons for the performance swings we have experienced this season. Some of that understanding is already being applied to the final races, some of it will flow into next year’s project.” Wolff says that the constant improvement is now playing off.
Wolff also prasied Hamilton for his performance since the summer break, saying “Lewis has driven brilliantly this year – and since the summer break, in particular, he has been on another level. It has been impressive to watch him extracting everything from the car and working with the team to solve problems and improve even further.”
Red Bull started on 2018 cars
Daniel Ricciardo says that Red Bull has made an early start to developing the teams 2018 car so the team can avoid a slow start next season.
With the move towards a more aero formula this season, Red Bull was expected to be the closest challengers to Mercedes. However, the team struggled early on because of wind tunnel correlation issues but their performances have once again improved greatly with development upgrades as the season has progress.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Ricciardo say “I always feel like out starts to the season have been slow, particularly since I’ve been with the team, but as far as I’m aware that’s not planned.
“We definitely get stronger and it’s a nice trend to get better and better but we’d like to start better. I still don’t really know the answer why that is.” Ricciardo says every time they start development on a new car, they soon realise that it is not early enough and the team has brought forward 2018 development.
In recent races Red Bull have matched or bettered the pace of Mercedes and Ferrari. Ricciardo has previously said he feels ready to fight for championships. Saying “There are not many changes next year, what we learn hopefully from this year hopefully we take to next year and we start stronger.”
Red Bull are traditionally the final team to launch their car they do this to maximise development of their car.
Alonso hoping to score in Austin
Fernando Alonso is hoping that he can score his first points since July at this weekends United States Grand Prix. The McLaren driver narrowly missed out on points finishes in Malaysia and Japan, while in Singapore he was taken out on the opening lap of the race.
Alonso has confidence that McLaren can score points in Austin. He told ESPN “I hope in Austin we can build on the momentum we know we’ve been gathering behind the scenes, despite not being able to show the results on the final timesheets, and I think there’s the potential to score points if we can pull everything together.”
He says he is optimistic that the team can have a good weekend, but we can have a positive weekend if we can maximise every opportunity. Alonso returns to America for the second time this season after competing in May’s Indy 500.
Speaking about his return to America, he said “I’m excited to head back to the United States. I had a great time over summer there this year with everything going on around the Indy 500, and I know the fans are incredibly passionate and enthusiastic, so I’m expecting a really good atmosphere around Austin.”
McLaren open to Button racing else where
McLaren say they are open to Jenson Button continuing in his ambassadorial role and race in another series. The Englishman took a year out of racing apart from standing in for Fernando Alonso in Monaco, and says he want to do full time racing next season.
Racing director Eric Boullier has confirmed that the team are unable to offer him a race seat for 2018, but are open to continue working with Button. The Frenchman told Motorsport.com “”He’s looking for a full-time racing seat.”
“We don’t have any. He’s our ambassador and we would be happy to keep working with him in a role that suits both parties. But as far as racing is concerned, we have nothing to offer to him.” Boullier added any ambassadorial role would depend on what Button decides he will do next season.
Button says that he will be racing somewhere next season, and says that he can see himself jumping in and out of various cars.
Haas made progress everywhere
Romain Grosjean says that Haas has made progress in every single area since they made their debut in the sport last season. The US owned team made a brilliant start to their debut season with points in the opening two races of the season.
This year the team has continued to build on that with them currently seventh in the constructors, and just nine points off Toro Rosso. Grosjean has heaped praise on the level of growth the team has made since joining the sport and thinks Haas has a bright future.
He told ESPN “You never realise how much you can grow until you’ve seen what you’re doing. From our start, the team is now much more experienced and much stronger. There are a lot of things we can improve to get better and better.”
He says that Haas are much stronger in every area, strategy, better engineering, better mechanics — everything is more organised around the race track.