Mercedes’ slump in form since the summer break is similar to their performance level before the V6 hybrid turbo era, says team principal Toto Wolff.
“We can see that in the last few races we we aren’t the quickest package anymore,” said Wolff. “We have very good chassis performance but overall power, drag and power is something where we are lacking to Ferrari.
“This is something which we need to get under control. And work hard. And it’s a fun challenge, actually.
“In the beginning is always difficult to re-calibrate yourself because if you set the expectations are we going to win that one and then you come to the race and suddenly you’re not waiting that one, and the next one you’re not winning that one, it’s quite hard to manage your own expectations.
“But I think we are getting there and it’s a fun situation. I remember this is like it was in 2013, with the difference that we’re still leading the championship.”
Wolff said the team is going through one of its toughest spells since its string of championship successes began in 2014. “It is among the most difficult areas,” he said.
“I think we had situations where Ferrari was very strong in the last year but at the moment they just crush everybody with their straight line speed so it’s very difficult to compensate that around the track and this is a situation that we need to overcome.”
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