Wolff: Painful Mercedes F1 form an “exercise in humility”

Toto Wolff believes Mercedes’ current “painful” form in Formula 1 is an “exercise in humility” after failing to challenge Red Bull or Ferrari in Saudi Arabia last weekend.

After crossing the line for 10th, Hamilton asked Mercedes engineer Pete Bonnington if there was “even a point for that position”.

The seven-time world champion said after the race Mercedes was “still far off” Red Bull and Ferrari, who locked out the top four positions in both qualifying and the race.

Mercedes F1 chief Wolff admitted after the race that while the lead fight between Red Bull and Ferrari was good news for F1 as a whole, to not be part of it after winning eight consecutive constructors’ titles was difficult for the team.

“We were right in the middle of those fun games in the front, and talking as an F1 stakeholder and benefiting from a great show, that is really spectacular to look at,” Wolff said.

“But on the other side, it is extremely painful to be not part of those fun games, and by quite a chunk of laptime deficit.

“We’re not going to rest until we are back in the mix. But you’re absolutely right: it’s no fun at all. [It’s] an exercise in humility, and it’s going to make us stronger in the end, even though it’s not funny right now.”

Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG