Ryan Wood  |    13 June 2017

Mercedes worked 24-hour shifts after Monaco to diagnose problem


Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has revealed that engineers at the Brackley-based outfit worked 24/7 to diagnose what went wrong in Monaco, and to ensure it wasn't repeated in Canada last weekend.

Neither Lewis Hamilton nor team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished on the podium in Monaco, with the pair taking seventh and fourth respectively, in what was Mercedes' worst result since Spain last year, when Hamilton and then team-mate Nico Rosberg collided.

Wolff explained that while the team had a basic understanding of why its car lacked pace on race day, it was still trying to uncover the reasons behind its struggles across the remainder of the weekend in Monaco.

"After Monaco we pretty quickly understood why the Sunday was as it was," Wolff told the official Formula 1 website. "But we also needed to understand the Friday and Saturday - and that was a bit more tricky. So a group of engineers came together to calmly assess what happened.

"Since Monaco there was lights [on] in the factory 24/7, the simulator was 24/7 ten days in a row. There is no golden bullet in this sport - it is all about analysing the data and drawing the right conclusions from it.

"No stone was left unturned: aero, mechanical balance, set-up work, the tyres themselves; and the way the drivers drove the car. Everything!"

A fortnight later in Canada the team scored its first 1-2 of the season, with Hamilton dominating the weekend, leading the entire race from pole position, with Bottas backing him up in second spot.

However, Wolff has warned that Mercedes can't rest on its laurels ahead of the next round of the campaign in Azerbaijan.

"Monaco looked pretty grim, but we didn’t dive into depression – and Montreal now looks pretty great – but I would not say right now that all problems are solved. [However] we understand the situation much better."


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