That’s how Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff described his viewing of the Austrian Grand Prix as he was forced to watch his silver cars cruise around – rather than fight – because of cooling issues.
Wolff says there is “no other option” other than to find a solution – and fast… Mercedes arrived in Austria unbeaten, with eight wins on the trot this year.
They knew Austria was going to be challenging, with the warm conditions and altitude – and that turned out to be the case as they could not compete with Red Bull or Ferrari with Valtteri Bottas finishing third behind Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, with championship leader Lewis Hamilton – who suffered front wing damage – fifth.
READ MORE: Mercedes drivers - 'We had no chance to fight for the win' “We knew that it was our Achilles heel and we were carrying the (cooling) problems since the beginning of the season,” said Wolff.
READ MORE: How cooling demands neutralised Mercedes’ threat in Austria Lewis Hamilton: We knew we would struggle before the race even began But then there is no question — there is no alternative other than to fix our problems for the coming hot European races, Hockenheim and Budapest Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff Mercedes made tweaks in a bid to ease the problems.
“But then there is no question — there is no alternative other than to fix our problems for the coming hot European races, Hockenheim (one of the squad’s home races) and Budapest.
Despite their most disappointing result of the season, Mercedes still retain a healthy 135-point lead over Ferrari in the constructors’ championship, while the nearest non-Mercedes driver is 71 adrift of championship leader Lewis Hamilton.