Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has claimed his squad has
identified the issue that plagued it during the Sao Paulo Grand
Prix weekend. Both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell suffered heavy
tyre wear during the race weekend, with Hamilton ending the race in
eighth place. Wolff described the event as Mercedes’ worst weekend
in 13 years and post-race, it launched an investigation to uncover
the root of its lacklustre pace. The Austrian has now stated that
the problem is now understood. “Brazil was probably our most
difficult weekend of the season,” Wolff said. “After promising
performances in the US and Mexico, we didn’t perform at our best in
Brazil. “We have been hard at work to identify the wrong turn we
took with the set-up; we have done that. “We understand our
mistakes and can explain our performance loss to the field. That’s
important as we look to secure P2 in the Constructors’
Championship.” Wolff previews Las Vegas This weekend, F1 will
descend on Las Vegas for the penultimate round of the year. As
Mercedes looks to bounce back from a difficult round in Brazil,
Wolff admits that the weekend will pose a challenge for the
Brackley-based squad. “In parallel, we have been preparing for the
challenge of racing at a venue that is a complete unknown,” he
said. “We have prepared the best we can, using the limited
information we have, and there are some unique characteristics we
can anticipate. “The schedule is offset compared to other races.
We’ll be running at night, where ambient and track temperatures
will likely be in the single digits. “Plus, the track layout itself
is unusual with many slow corners but long straights. It’s going to
be a big challenge for us all and we’re looking forward to taking
it on.”

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