Mercedes "needs to be careful" with Ferrari title charge

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has warned his team that it needs to be mindful that its Formula 1 championship advantage will disappear quickly if it delivers too many races like Hungary.

The Brackley-based outfit finished off the podium for the first time this year after a scrappy afternoon at the Hungaroring.

A combination of poor starts, off-track excursions and collisions left the door open for Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to take the win that leave him just 42 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the title chase.

Paranoia best approach

Wolff was under no illusions that Mercedes needed to learn lessons from what happened, and work hard to ensure it is sharper in the future.

"We just need to be careful," he said, when asked by Motorsport.com about if Mercedes had to reset its thinking about the title battle with Ferrari.

"We are 42 points ahead in the drivers' world championship and you see how quickly it goes. If you have a bad day, and if the car is not scoring good points, then boom you go backwards.

"But that is a mentality we have anyway; of being a bit sceptical of how you are doing. And we got another proof of that in Hungary."

Ferrari pace surprise

With Mercedes having been so strong through the rest of the weekend, Wolff admitted that his team was not predicting it being on the back foot against Ferrari, whose pace was much better.

"It was a surprise," he said. "Somehow we struggled with Nico's car this weekend. Nico was there and he couldn't really hold the pace, and Lewis had good pace.

"Then does it come as as surprise? Well, it doesn't surprise that Ferrari is strong."

Wolff also thought it was too simplistic to explain that the cooler race conditions on race day may have played in to Ferrari's hands.

"I think that you cannot oversimplify it and say they have been better in the hot before and we are better in the cooler conditions," he said.

"It is a particular circuit and we were not quick enough on pure pace with one car, which we need to analyse why.

"Then we made a couple of mistakes as a team and then Lewis had the incidents on track. You can see how the relationships are. We will come out stronger from this."

 

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