Wolff admitted that Mercedes would unlikely be competing for the win in Saudi Arabia this week. “We are currently limiting damage, places three and four in Bahrain exceeded our expectations before the race. In the race, our current deficits were clearly visible. But until we can get the full potential out of the car, we must take every opportunity to score points,” Wolff said.
He added: “We need to understand where we lack performance. The faster we recognize this, the faster we will be. This is physics – and not mysticism. One topic that concerns us with certainty is the speed on the long straights. However, I do not expect any illuminating findings in the second race in Saudi Arabia.”