The Grand Prix at Silverstone won by Max Verstappen is confirmation for Mercedes that a new world title in Formula 1 is far from certain. Team boss Toto Wolff emphasizes that his team still has a lot of work to do.
“It was a difficult day, on which it has been proven that nothing has been decided yet. We finished second and third and that is not the end of the world, but it was clear that we did not have the fastest car,” Wolff said after the Grand Prix.
“In previous races we already had trouble with the warm weather and that was the case again. But on the worst days we learn the most and we feel that we are not there yet.”
Verstappen achieved his victory in the race of the seventieth anniversary of Formula 1 mainly thanks to an excellent strategy. Verstappen started on hard tires, was able to continue much longer than Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas and regained the lead shortly after his first pit stop.
“We now have to get back together, analyze what happened, draw conclusions and solve the problems,” said Wolff. “This shows that we have to keep our feet on the ground. Everyone said the battle for the title was already decided, but it is clearly not.”
The gap between leader Hamilton and pursuer Verstappen in the World Cup position is still considerable: 107 at 77 points. The next race will be on Sunday in Spain, where Verstappen was the best in 2016 and Hamilton won the last three editions.