Mercedes boss Wolff warns there's a LONG way to go to battle for wins

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff warns there’s a LONG way to go ‘in order to be in the fight’ for wins with Ferrari and Red Bull… despite Lewis Hamilton and George Russell making a big improvement at Spanish GP

  • Mercedes have had a difficult start to the season, unable to battle for race wins
  • Ferrari and Red Bull have been in a league of their own as Mercedes struggle
  • Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is not holding out hope for improvement in Monaco 

Toto Wolff has looked to pump the brakes on growing optimism at Mercedes by warning there is ‘lots of wat to go’ before Lewis Hamilton and George Russell can take the title fight to Red Bull and Ferrari. 

Mercedes, by their lofty standards, have had a miserable start to the 2022 season with neither driver so far in contention for the drivers’ championship title. 

There was big strides taken at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona but team principal Wolff knows the team cannot get ahead of itself after one ray of light.  

‘We’ve seen another big step, probably we’ve halved the advantage to the front-runners,’ Wolff told Sky Sports F1. ‘But still there’s lots of way to go in order to be in the fight.’

Lewis Hamilton (left) and George Russell (right) made big strides at the Spanish Grand Prix

But ahead of the Monaco GP, boss Toto Wolff warns Mercedes still have a long way to go

In Spain, Russell finished third and Hamilton finished fifth, making it their most promising weekend of the season so far.  

The Silver Arrows, along with the rest of Formula One, heads to Monaco this weekend full in the knowledge that things could get worse before they get better.  

‘Monaco in the past wasn’t our most happy place,’ added Wolff. ‘Maybe because the car was the size of an elephant!

‘I will be curious to see where we are this weekend. My expectations are lower than any other circuit… it’s going to be a learning point at least, to bring us back into the game.’

Russell finished on the podium, taking third position behind Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez

Only once in the last four installments have Mercedes come out on top in Monaco and with qualifying position so key, the raw pace of Red Bull and Ferrari may prove too difficult to overcome. 

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto is one man not buying into talk in the paddock of Mercedes’ revival. 

In his own interview with Sky, Binotto added: ‘On Saturday [in Spain] they were six, seven tenths on a qualy lap which is still a short circuit. On Sunday they finished 30 seconds to a Red Bull, and it would have been maybe 40 seconds to Charles [Leclerc, who retired].

‘That’s six, seven tenths a lap and that’s still significant, it’s like Ferrari last year.’

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