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How Mercedes outdid its own Armageddon

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How Mercedes outdid its own Armageddon
Edd Straw
By: Edd Straw
Jul 2, 2018, 8:44 AM

No wonder Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff compared Austria 2018 to Spain '16 - it was another descent from total control to total wipeout, the fall less sudden than at Barcelona two years ago but more costly for the team's title hopes.

At ten past three on Sunday afternoon, Mercedes looked set for a scenic stroll to a one-two having annexed the front row with a car featuring a heavily revised aerodynamic package on top of the engine upgrade introduced at the previous weekend's French Grand Prix. Seventy minutes later, Mercedes had thrown away the lead and parked both cars while Max Verstappen took a wonderfully executed victory on Red Bull's home circuit.

Mercedes shot itself in the foot spectacularly through a combination of unreliability, tyre blistering and, most significantly, another strategic blunder. No wonder team boss Toto Wolff described it as Mercedes' "worst day".

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Series Formula 1
Event Austrian GP
Location Red Bull Ring
Author Edd Straw
Article type Analysis