Toto Wolff: “Definitely closer than in the tests” / Formula 1


After the Friday training session in Bahrain, Mercedes Motorsport Director Toto Wolff referred to the short intervals and warned: “Every kilo of fuel makes a big difference.”

For Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, it was clear after Friday’s training session at the Bahrain International Circuit: Mercedes Motorsport Director Toto Wolff’s world championship team will have their hands full until the first qualifying of the year. The champion spoke of a mountain to be conquered and his Finnish team-mate agreed: “We still have a lot of work to do if we want to fight for pole and GP victory.”

Wolff’s prognosis is somewhat more positive. In the Sky Sports F1 interview, the Austrian spoke of a close fight and referred to the short time intervals in which the amount of fuel makes a big difference. “It’s really close, even if you compare the data from the fastest laps or the long runs. Every kilo makes a big difference. “

The Viennese therefore did not dare to make a clear statement about the balance of power. “I think we’re definitely closer than we were during the test drives, but I couldn’t say where we stand compared to Red Bull Racing,” he waved off when he was asked about it.

The head of the Mercedes racing team takes the pit radio complaint from Bottas that the car is undrivable. “We let it run on the tires for a long time and towards the end the car was really inaccessible,” he commented with a smile. And he also revealed: “We won’t be able to do much with the tires overnight, so we’ll concentrate on the setup. And we know where to add more. “

2. Training, Bahrain

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, 1:30,847
02. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, 1: 30,942
03. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes W12, 1:31,082
04. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari SF21,1:31,127
05. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Mercedes W12, 1: 31,218
06. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes, 1: 31,230
07. Yuki Tsotaka (J), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda, 1: 31,294
08. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes,1:31,393
09. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri AT02-Honda,1:31,483
10. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing RB16B-Honda, 1:31,503
11. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine A521-Renault, 1:31,601
12. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari SF21, 1: 31.612
13. Antonio Giovinazzi (I), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, 1: 31.740
14. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes, 1:31,769
15. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine A521-Renault,1:31,770
16. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN), Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari, 1: 31,862
17. George Russell (GB), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, 1.32,331
18. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, 1:33,297
19. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams FW43B-Mercedes, 1:33,400
20. Nikita Mazepin (RUS), Haas VF-21-Ferrari, 1:33,449

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