“With ten races down and nine to go, we enter the second half of the season with a stronger points total than at this stage last year,” he said. “And yet, our margin to the competition is actually smaller.”
Mercedes leads Ferrari by 147 points after ten races. At the same point in last year’s championship the team had a 188 points margin over closest rivals Red Bull.
However in the drivers’ championship the closest non-Mercedes rival to points leader Hamilton is Sebastian Vettel, who is 42 points behind. Last year Nico Rosberg was the points leader after ten races and his closest non-Mercedes rival, Daniel Ricciardo, was 84 adrift.
Although Mercedes enjoys a greater performance margin over its rivals than last year, the team failed to get either of its cars on the podium at the last race in Hungary for the first time since 2013.
“Hungary proved once again that any slip is an opportunity our rivals will grab with both hands,” added Wolff. He warned the team still has “many chances to win or lose this battle”.
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