Ferrari’s Canadian Grand Prix victory must serve as a wake-up call to everyone at Mercedes, says the team’s executive director Toto Wolff.
Sebastian Vettel’s emphatic win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve left Wolff feeling “the opposite of confident”, he said.
“Everybody needs to assess how to improve performance in order to optimise on those marginal gains because those marginal gains are going to make all the difference.”
Mercedes made a late call not to bring its new power unit to this weekend’s race. It originally said the new engine would appear in Canada but decided to postponed its introduction after discovering a problem during a dyno run.
Wolff said reliability has been a strength of the team but they must improve performance to take the fight to Ferrari.
“I think you need to get the right balance between pushing the development very hard, adding performance to the car and at the same time keeping reliability,” he said.
“This team has been extremely strong in the past at keeping reliability at a high level. That is not the part that worries me.
“It is more that we have seen today a Ferrari that has been the stronger car. Stronger in qualifying, stronger in the race. And at no chance did we have a real chance to fight for the win.”
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